Lakers vs. Suns Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for April 7 (LeBron James Leads LA to Impactful Win)
By Larry Rupp
Lakers vs. Suns Game Info
- Date: Friday, April 7, 2023
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- Venue: Crypto.com Arena -- Los Angeles, California
- Coverage: NBA TV, SportsNet LA, and BSAZ
The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Friday with 11 more games, including a battle between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns rank fourth in the Western Conference with a 45-35 record, while the Lakers check in seventh with a 41-39 record. This may be a possible playoff preview.
Phoenix enters on an impressive seven-game winning streak that includes a 119-115 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Lakers saw their four-game winning streak snapped with a 125-118 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Which team will win on Friday night?
Lakers vs. Suns Odds & Spread
- All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: LAL: (-550) | PHO: (+410)
- Spread: LAL: -10.5 (-110) | PHO: +10.5 (-110)
- Total: 226.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
The Lakers enter this contest as clear home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 10:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 226.5 points, which is about average compared to Friday's projected totals.
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Lakers vs. Suns Betting Trends
- The Lakers are 5-10 straight up in their last 15 games in April.
- The total has hit the over in each of the Lakers' last six games.
- Phoenix is 5-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last seven games.
- The total has hit the over in seven of Phoenix's last eight away games.
Lakers vs. Suns Prediction & Pick
The Suns need one win over their final four games to clinch the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and travel to LA on the second night of a back-to-back on Friday. Signs point to head coach Monty Williams giving a few of his stars a break to help keep them healthy ahead of the playoffs.
The absence of anyone like Kevin Durant or Devin Booker would open the door for the Lakers to earn a much-needed victory. LA is only one game back of the No. 6 seed, which would allow them to avoid participating in the play-in tournament. Securing a first-round series should be a motivation boost.
The Lakers are 6-2 straight up in their last eight games on a Friday, so back the home team here.
Final Score Prediction: Lakers: 120 | Suns: 110
Lakers vs. Suns Best Bet
James is officially listed as questionable to play tonight due to right foot soreness, so keep an eye on his status prior to tip-off. If the 19-time All-Star is able to suit up, he has a shot at taking over on the offensive end. James has shot at least 51.9% and scored 33 or more points in back-to-back games.
A matchup against the Suns is usually a tough draw, but Phoenix has allowed James to rack up at least 28 points in four of their last six showdowns. The Suns also allowed a 53.0% shooting mark to Denver its last time out and could be without some of its defensive standouts. James will crush.
Bet: LeBron James Over 27.5 Points (-113)
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