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The LA Lakers are set to host the Phoenix Suns in a rematch of last year’s first-round playoff matchup. It will be the second game of the season after each team dropped their opening night games. The odds are currently even but the question stands: will the LA Lakers be able to edge it out with a home advantage or will the Suns’ settled roster be too tough for the Lakers to handle?
LA Lakers (1.91)
The Lakers started strong in their opening game against the Warriors but faded in the 4th quarter with rotation problems, defensive miscues, and Russell Westbrook’s debut not going as planned. The Lakers typically bounce back after a loss and avoid multi-game losing streaks.
They certainly have the potential to win, backed by the trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook. However, they’re faced with several injuries:
- Trevor Ariza.
- Talen Horton-Tucker.
- Wayne Ellington.
- Kendrick Nunn.
Phoenix Suns (1.92)
The Suns have nearly the same roster as last season which serves them well in regard to continuity but they’ll have to focus on fixing their rebounding and assist issues and address their low percentage of shots from the field. Devin Booker only shot 20% from the field against the Nuggets, missing 12 of his 15 shots.
The Suns are a more complete team and have more individuals who can play a vital role in clutch plays. The Suns will be looking to improve their defense and see more Deandre Ayton paint touches, more Mikal Bridges drives and more Booker 3s vs. 2s.
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- Lakers win & LeBron James Pts+Assists+Rebounds 40+
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The Nets were pummeled, 127-104, by the defending champs Milwaukee Bucks on their opening night game with the Nets missing Irving on offense. The Nets also struggled to work out rotations that kept one star on the floor at all times as they tried in vain to keep pace with the Bucks. If it wasn’t for Patty Mills, who made all 7 of his 3-point attempts, the game would have been a blowout.
James Harden and Kevin Durant will have to carry the load for the Brooklyn Net while the team focuses on increasing shot attempts and creating team cohesion. The Nets will have to work hard to regain a semblance of what was destined to be a surefire championship team.
Team owner Joe Tsai says the team has “moved on” from Irving after banning him from practices and games because he’s not vaccinated against COVID-19. “Currently his choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability,” said General Manager Sean Marks.