[10:42 PM] Suns @ Lakers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Phoenix Suns (6-16)

@ Los Angeles Lakers (10-14)


The line for this game is Lakers by 2 points.

The Los Angeles Lakers are spiraling in the wrong direction with the momentum from a solid start evaporating, and they will try to regroup when they visit the Phoenix Suns on Friday. The Lakers have dropped a season-worst four straight games and seven of their last nine and were annihilated 134-95 by the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

Phoenix also is struggling with five losses in the past six games and it suffered a 109-94 home loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, but coach Earl Watson is remaining positive.

Second-year shooting guard Devin Booker scored a career-best 39 points against the Lakers earlier this season but Los Angeles prevailed 119-108. Booker is a tremendous sharpshooter but he had just 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting against the Pacers and knows how slim the Suns’ margin is in terms of winning games.

Guards Nick Young (calf) and Jose Calderon (hamstring) are out along with Russell but Walton said the absences were “not an acceptable excuse” and he strongly criticized the club’s resolve while being pummeled by the Rockets. Shooting guard Lou Williams is doing his best to keep the Lakers afloat and is averaging 34 points over the past three games.

The win by the Lakers earlier this season was just their third in the past 14 meetings with the Suns.


StreakSmarts Pick: Phoenix Suns

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick