Back the Lakers vs. the Suns in your NBA Picks

Jeff Grant

Monday, December 23, 2013 3:00 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 3:00 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Lakers have failed to cover the number in their last four games against the Phoenix Suns, but that streak of futility may end Monday night. Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for this Western Conference matchup.


Gasol’s status

Los Angeles is 3-2 SUATS over its last five games, as it attempts to bounce back from a 102-83 defeat to the Golden State Warriors as 13.5-point road underdogs in the NBA odds last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.

The Lakers are hoping center Pau Gasol (questionable) can return to the lineup, as he missed the last game with a upper respiratory infection. He is averaging 15.0 points and 9.4 rebounds in 30.3 minutes of action this season.

The franchise is 6-8 SU and 7-7 ATS on the road, with the OVER going 8-6 in that situation.

Rolling

Phoenix has won and covered the number in seven of its last eight games—averaging 108.3 points over that span.

The Suns have knocked down seven or more shots from beyond the arc in 18 consecutive games, while guard Eric Bledsoe has scored 20-plus points nine times this season—five more than his first three seasons as a professional.

NBA handicappers will find that the franchise is 9-4 SU and 8-4-1 ATS at home during the 2013-14 campaign.

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Defending the perimeter

The Lakers have a legitimate chance of staying within this number, considering they’ve held their last 11 opponents to 31.4 percent shooting from three-point range.

Los Angeles has split its last 10 visits to the Valley of the Sun, but Phoenix has won the last four in that situation for the first time since a six-game home wining streak in this series from Nov. 19, 2004-April 13, 2007.

Looking ahead

The Suns may get caught looking ahead to their holiday break, as they don’t play again until Friday after this affair.

It’s important to point out that the Lakers will end this two-game road trip and return home to host the Miami Heat on Christmas Day.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers take a look at the Lakers as a road underdog for their NBA picks, as the team getting points has covered the last four meetings in this rivalry.

Recommendation: Los Angeles Lakers as a road underdog

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