Suns vs Lakers Prediction - NBA Picks 3/22/23

Los Angeles Lakers (35-37) vs Phoenix Suns (38-33)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 10:00 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Lakers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 227.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the crypto.com Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Phoenix Suns are averaging 113.4 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 111.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 28 points and 5.5 assists, while Kevin Durant is averaging 26.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game.

The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 116.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 116.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 29.5 points and 8.4 rebounds, while Anthony Davis is averaging 25.8 points and 12.5 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Dennis Schroder is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game.

The Suns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 6-1-1 in Suns last 8 overall. The under is 4-1 in Lakers last 5 overall. The Suns are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles and 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

The Phoenix Suns are the better team on paper, but they've been in a funk recently, and that includes losing their last 5 games by an average of 6.6 points. The Los Angeles Lakers have played their best ball over the last couple of weeks, and they're showing more of a sense of urgency. The Lakers simply need to win games if they're going to clinch a playoff spot or even get into the play-in tournament. The Lakers are running out of time. Give me the free bucket with the more desperate team.

Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers +1.5

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