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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/24/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




LA LAKERS (0 - 3) at PHOENIX (1 - 2)
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Wednesday, 10/24/2018 10:05 PM
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517LA LAKERS-2-5
LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games0-3-3.20-33-0125.361.749.3%56.0131.765.347.1%61.0
Road Games0-1-10-11-0119.063.048.4%53.0128.065.044.0%60.0
Last 5 Games0-3-3.20-33-0125.361.749.3%56.0131.765.347.1%61.0
Division Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)125.361.749-10049.3%10-3428.7%17-2469.9%561028258138
vs opponents surrendering120.459.246-9747.5%10-3034.6%18-2378.7%551226227125
Team Stats (Road Games)119.063.045-9348.4%7-3023.3%22-2975.9%538232610157
Stats Against (All Games)131.765.346-9847.1%15-3641.1%25-3277.3%611225248146
vs opponents averaging120.458.943-9545.4%14-3539.6%20-2578.2%581225216135
Stats Against (Road Games)128.065.044-10044.0%13-3735.1%27-2993.1%6014212691610

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games1-2-0.81-21-2105.050.745.9%48.7114.060.348.3%52.0
Home Games1-0+1.21-01-0121.056.054.3%48.0100.046.043.2%47.0
Last 5 Games1-2-0.81-21-2105.050.745.9%48.7114.060.348.3%52.0
Division Games0-1-10-10-1103.047.045.3%51.0123.070.051.1%48.0
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.050.737-8145.9%13-3636.4%17-2375.4%49926236172
vs opponents surrendering109.456.439-8446.0%12-3237.2%20-2872.6%51924257164
Team Stats (Home Games)121.056.044-8154.3%19-3455.9%14-1687.5%48635225112
Stats Against (All Games)114.060.342-8748.3%11-3333.7%19-2576.0%529302410145
vs opponents averaging114.959.742-9046.7%11-3332.1%20-2677.6%561227249145
Stats Against (Home Games)100.046.038-8843.2%10-3330.3%14-2070.0%47102816795
Average power rating of opponents played: LA LAKERS 98,  PHOENIX 101.3
LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/18/2018@ PORTLAND119-128L3L224O45-9348.4%531544-10044.0%6016
10/22/2018SAN ANTONIO142-143L-1.5L226.5O55-10751.4%631550-9751.5%549
10/24/2018@ PHOENIX              
10/27/2018@ SAN ANTONIO              
10/29/2018@ MINNESOTA              
11/3/2018@ PORTLAND              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/20/2018@ DENVER91-119L10.5L224.5U29-7737.7%471943-8550.6%6118
10/22/2018@ GOLDEN STATE103-123L12.5L227U39-8645.3%512145-8851.1%4814
10/24/2018LA LAKERS              
10/27/2018@ MEMPHIS              
10/28/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
10/31/2018SAN ANTONIO              
LA LAKERS: LAST SEASON: 35-47, missed playoffs.
COACH: Luke Walton (third season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Rajon Rondo (8.3 ppg, New Orleans), G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (13.4 ppg), F Brandon Ingram (16.1 ppg), F LeBron James, (27.5 ppg, Cleveland), C JaVale McGee (4.8 ppg, Golden State).
KEY LOSSES: F Julius Randle, G Isaiah Thomas, C Brook Lopez
KEY ADDITIONS: James, Rondo, McGee, G Lance Stephenson, F Michael Beasley
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The biggest star in basketball joined this glamorous franchise as a free agent. After appearing in eight straight NBA Finals and winning three titles, the 33-year-old James accepted the challenge of starting over on the West Coast with several fellow veteran newcomers and a fairly talented young Lakers core. His ability to get the most out of this mix will be one of the NBA's most compelling story lines.
OUTLOOK: James' ability to carry a team is unquestionable, and he arguably succeeded with less help in Cleveland than he should get from these Lakers. No serious observers believe the Lakers can compete with Golden State or join Houston and Boston as true contenders for the Warriors' throne, but ending the Lakers' franchise-record five-year playoff drought would be a promising start to the LeBron era in LA.

Because of this important information, no power rating or computer score edges are posted for this game.

PHOENIX: LAST SEASON: 21-61, missed playoffs.
COACH: Igor Kokoskov (first season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Devin Booker (24.9 ppg), G Shaquille Harrison (6.6 ppg), F Trevor Ariza (11.7 ppg, Houston), F Ryan Anderson (9.3 ppg), C Deandre Ayton (rookie, 20.1 ppg at Arizona).
KEY LOSSES: F Marquese Chriss, C Alex Len, F Jared Dudley
KEY ADDITIONS: Ariza, Anderson, Ayton, G Mikhal Bridges
PLAYERS TO WATCH: First and foremost is Ayton, the 7-foot-1 multi-skilled big man chosen No. 1 overall in the draft. Kokoskov sees him as a rim protector on defense and he possesses a soft outside touch to go with bruising, athletic inside moves. The question is how he handles the much tougher world of the NBA. Also, Booker. He underwent hand surgery and missed the preseason, athough he did a lot of left-handed workouts. He wants to be back by the season opener and is anxious to prove he was worth that five-year, $158 million contract he signed in the offseason.
OUTLOOK: It's been a long time since this franchise was relevant and there is more turmoil as this season begins. Nine days before the opener, Suns owner Robert Sarver fired general manager Ryan McDonough. There is no true proven point guard on the roster and who knows whether the team can find one. The hope rests with Booker, Ayton and Josh Jackson, who will come off the bench at least initially. Kokoskov is widely respected. But it's hard to see that eight-year absence from the postseason ending anytime soon.
Lakers aiming for first win at Phoenix

PHOENIX -- Home losses.


Calling out officials.

The King James Era is off to a sluggish start in the city of Angels, where the Los Angeles Lakers are 0-3 for the third time in five seasons despite raised expectations created by the additions LeBron James and courtiers Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson to a franchise that has not made the playoffs since 2012-13.

The Lakers will attempt to turn things around Wednesday at Phoenix, which has lost two in a row after an impressive victory over Dallas for new coach Igor Kokoskov on opening night.

"I know what I got myself into," James told reporters after a 143-142 overtime home loss Monday to San Antonio, which overcame a six-point deficit in the final 55 seconds.

"It's a process. I get it, and we'll be fine. I didn't come here thinking we were going to be blazing, storming right out of the gate. I like the direction we are going in. Obviously, it is not resulting in wins right now, but it is such a long process."

A James team has not been 0-3 since 2004-05, his second season with Cleveland. The Cavaliers followed that start with a six-game winning streak and finished the season two games over .500.

James, who has averaged 27.4 points a game against the Suns, is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.3 assists this season. He had season highs in points (32) and assists (14) against the Spurs, although he missed two free throws and a step-back three in the Lakers' final two possessions.

The Lakers will play their second straight game without starters Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo, who were suspended after an altercation late in a 124-115 loss to Houston in the home opener Saturday. Ingram was suspended four games for escalating the fight and Rondo was suspended for three games after throwing a punch at Rockets guard Chris Paul.

Kyle Kuzma stepped in for Ingram and had 37 points and eight rebounds in 45 minutes against the Spurs and Lonzo Ball had 14 points, six rebounds and six assists while starting at the point. Reserve guard Josh Hart had 20 points and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes.

So far, the Lakers have shot 73 free throws to their opponents' 97, and coach Luke Walton questioned the foul discrepancy after the Spurs shot 38 and the Lakers shot 26 on Monday.

"Let's not reward people for flopping 30 feet from the hole on plays that have nothing to do with that possession," said Walton, who was given a technical foul after arguing a no-call on a James drive, "and then not reward players that are physically going to the basket and getting hit.

"It's not right."

The Suns found the right chemistry is their season-opening 121-100 victory over Dallas last Wednesday, when they had 35 assists and made 19 3-pointers, but they suffered through slow starts in losses at Denver and Golden State since.

The Suns trailed by 17 points less than 10 minutes into a 119-91 loss at Denver on Saturday, and they trailed by nine points after one quarter of a 123-103 loss at the Warriors on Monday. The Warriors scored 70 points in the first half, and the Suns gave up 67 fast-break points in the two losses.

"Our transition defense was atrocious," Kokoskov told reporters Monday. "It wasn't any secret. We were talking about it before the game. We know that's a strength. That's who they are. They want to go up tempo."

Devin Booker leads the Suns with a 29.3 scoring average and forward TJ Warren is averaging 20 points a game in his new sixth man role after starting the previous two seasons. Warren had 27 Monday.

Suns rookie center Deandre Ayton is averaging 14.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and four assists after getting 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists against Golden State. Ayton and Philadelphia forward Ben Simmons are the only players in the draft lottery era with two 10/10/5 games in their first three career games, according to the Suns' research. Ayton had 18/10/6 in his debut against Dallas.

Last Updated: 3/23/2019 1:44:54 PM EST

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