Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers Preview 2/26/09

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by BTB Cappers - 2/26/2009 1:25 PM Share

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Phoenix Suns (32-24) at Los Angeles Lakers (47-10)
Thursday, 10:35 pm Eastern - TNT

SBG GlobalOpening Line: Lakers - 9 , Total 237

The Los Angeles Lakers have won five straight and 16 of their last 18 games but they still don't feel they are playing well enough yet. They defeated Oklahoma City 107-93 on Tuesday as Kobe Bryant had 36 points including 15 in the fourth quarter. "We're pushing for perfection," Lakers forward Lamar Odom said. "We can play better than what we played tonight."


SBG Global reports that the public is taking Lakers at Home.

The Lakers will face Shaquille O'Neal and the Phoenix Suns on Thursday in a game that will definitely have a high intensity level. O'Neal has not been in the lineup when the two teams have met since back in November.

Phoenix is playing a different style of basketball under head coach Alvin Gentry but whether that will matter or not is still in debate. The Suns are 4-1 under Gentry but two of those wins were against the Clippers and one against Charlotte. They were blown out by Boston and could face a similar result against the Lakers on Thursday. The Suns are averaging 128.4 points per game in their last five games but again, those numbers are inflated due to the opposition.

The Lakers have won five of the last six meetings against the Suns. Here are more stats for Thursday's game. The Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Suns are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The Suns are 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Los Angeles. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between the two teams and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The Lakers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. the Pacific.

The Over is 5-1 in the Suns last 6 overall. The Over is 4-1 in the Suns last 5 road games. The Over is 6-2 in the Suns last 8 vs. the Pacific. The Over is 6-2 in the Suns last 8 Thursday games.

Bookmaker Sportsbook Current Line: Lakers - 9 , Total 237

The Over is 7-1 in the Lakers last 8 vs. the Pacific. The Under is 13-3 in the Lakers last 16 Thursday games. The Over is 8-3-1 in the Lakers last 12 vs. the Western Conference. The Over is 9-4-1 in the Lakers last 14 overall. The Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between the two teams.

Pick: Suns


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