Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Odds, Preview, Picks, and Predictions – October 22, 2021

Anthony Davis, Deandre Ayton

It’s Friday night thrills over at the NBA, as the Phoenix Suns visit the Los Angeles Lakers in Holywood for their first meeting since last season’s playoffs. The Lakers must be aching to face Phoenix, with revenge on their mind. As for the Suns, they just want what the Lakers desire too, which is win no. 1 in the 2021-22 NBA regular season. Nitrogen Sports Blog presents you with a preview of this Suns-Lakers game.

2021 -22 NBA Season: Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Game preview and odds 

Where: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles

When: Friday, October 22, 20Los Angeles Lakers (-1); over/under: 223.0

Where to watch: ESPN

What to know about the Phoenix Suns (0-1)

Suns vs. Lakers  betting odds for Phoenix: +1

The defending Western Conference champs did not have a great start to the season. In their first game of the 2021-22 NBA campaign, the Suns lost to the Denver Nuggets at home, 110-98, but there’s clearly no need to panic for Phoenix. They remain a loaded team that can beat anyone on any given night, including the Lakers — the team Phoenix defeated in six games in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. 

Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton, and Devin Booker form the Suns’ backbone, while guys like Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder provide support. Outside of Crowder, all those players scored at least 10 points in the loss to the Nuggets. Ayton, in particular, was a huge problem, literally and figuratively, for the Lakers in the previous postseason, as he carved up LA’s defense and shot over 70 percent from the field during that series. Ayton will not surprise a lot of people if he dominates the Lakers’ interior defense again this time around.

What to know about the Los Angeles Lakers (0-1)

Suns vs. Lakers betting odds for Los Angeles: -1

Similar to the Suns, the Lakers also lost their season-opener at home to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, 121-114. LeBron James and Anthony Davis played exactly how most people expected them to, as they scored 33 and 34 points, respectively. But the Lakers had a hard time getting support from the others. Outside of those two superstars, no Lakers player scored more than nine points. 

Russell Westbrook scored eight points (4/13 FG), while Carmelo Anthony came off the bench and produced nine points (3/9 FG). Perhaps the Lakers are still in the process of getting familiar with each other, considering they have some pieces added to the roster over the offseason. The challenge for the Lakers in the upcoming game against the Suns mostly lies on the defensive end of the floor, so winning the rebounding battle and forcing Phoenix to make tough shots will be key to LA’s success Friday.

Suns vs. Lakers betting trends

  • The Suns are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 Friday games.
  • The Over is 4-1 in the Suns’ last five games after losing by at least 10 points at home in their previous outing.
  • The Lakers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games on a Friday.
  • The Under is 5-2-1 in the Lakers’ last eight games.

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What’s your Suns vs. Lakers prediction?

LeBron James and Anthony Davis looked locked in during the loss to the Warriors. With some rest before their next game plus the fact that the Lakers won’t have to hit the road for this matchup against the Suns, Los Angeles seems like a pretty good pick. Then again, the Suns are no pushovers and probably will enter this game full of confidence, knowing they sent the Lakers to an early vacation last season.

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*All stated odds are subject to change without prior notice.

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