Both clubs have NBA Finals aspirations, but lost their opening game to contending teams in the Western Conference.
Which team will get their first win of the 2021-2022 season? Here are the odds from WynnBET Sportsbook, followed by our game preview.
Suns vs. Lakers Odds
Suns: PK (-110)
Lakers: PK (-110)
221 (Over -110/Under -110)
Suns vs. Lakers Betting Trends
- LeBron James teams are a 174-185-4 ATS off of a loss in his career
- The Suns are 18-10 ATS off a loss since acquiring Chris Paul
- The Lakers went OVER in their first game, but the Suns went UNDER
I'm concerned about the Lakers long term and the complextion of the roster but this feels like a slight overreaction to the team's rough start against the Warriors on Tuesday night.
The Suns don't have a frontcourt stopper to match Anthony Davis, who looked spry in the opener, scoring 33 points on 15-of-26 shooting with 11 rebounds. He and LeBron James, who had 34/11/5, were both -2 in a game the Lakers lost by seven.
I expect the Lakers dynamic duo to take over in this matchup against a Suns defense that struggles at stopping bulkier forwards. Jae Crowder and Mikal Bridgers are plus defenders, but we saw in the postseason that they would struggle against a banged up version of Davis and James.
This spread has swung too far away from LA, this team is still incredibly talented and should be able to win a game being lined as a toss-up.
Pick: Lakers PK