Phoenix Suns will face the Los Angeles Lakers tomorrow at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona (9 p.m. EST), just after Devin Booker scored 58 points in the Suns’ sweet revenge over the New Orleans Pelicans.
While Phoenix has performed well within its own division, boasting a 6-0 record, the Lakers have struggled against their own division opponents and are currently 0-5. The Suns rank fourth in the Western Conference for 3-point shooting and have been led by Damion Lee’s stellar 47.8% shooting from deep.
For its part, Los Angeles ranks sixth in the NBA with 45.3 rebounds per game. However, an absence of star power due to Anthony Davis’ injury could make it difficult for them to clinch a win against Phoenix; when last they met Mikal Bridges scored 25 points en route to a 115-105 victory for his team.
Only time will tell whether or not Phoenix can replicate its first-season success against the Lakers this go around.
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Lakers vs. Suns Preview
The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers have had contrasting fortunes over their last 10 games. While the Suns have gone 4-6 in this period, averaging 116.2 points per game and shooting 46.1 percent on the field; their opponents have managed to match the figure with an average of 116.2 points scored against them as well.
Conversely, the Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10, averaging a higher 121.5 points while boasting a more proficient shooting percentage of 49.8%. Nevertheless, they still faced an opposing scoring average of 119.6 points per game in this time frame, again illustrating the competitive nature of today’s basketball landscape.
The news of Davis’ right foot injury is concerning for the Lakers, who have been counting on him to lead the team in scoring alongside LeBron James. Over the past 10 games, Davis has been averaging 27.4 points per game, 12.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists while James put up 18.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.9 assists on average.
Unfortunately, it looks like Davis will be out of commission for at least a month which could spell trouble for Los Angeles unless someone steps up to fill his shoes quickly and efficiently. Until then, basketball fans should watch this situation carefully to see how LeBron James adapts without Davis on the court.
Suns Look for Fifth Straight Win Over Lakers
As the Suns head into their matchup against the Lakers, they have a strong home-court advantage. Both Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges have made positive contributions as of late with Booker shooting 47.7% while averaging 28 points through the season and Bridges managing an impressive 2.3 three-pointers made in his last 10 games.
This has played its part in Phoenix nabbing four consecutive wins against Los Angeles in the city’s past meetings, leading back to a streak commencing from May 2021 onwards which currently stands at eight wins for Phoenix.
Although there is no shortage of optimism for this tie, it should be noted that the Lakers may surprise yet again; they have won three of their last four games including the 119-117 win over the Washington Wizards, even though Davis was out.