4* Sunday Night NBA SMASH
LA Lakers vs. Phoenix,
02/19/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 90 - 102
Point Spread: +3/-110 Phoenix
4* Sunday Night NBA SMASH on Suns +3
Motivated by 4 consecutive defeats, including a 111-99 loss at L.A. Friday, I expect the Suns to bounce back strong tonight.
The Lakers have really struggled on the road, going 5-10 SU and 4-11 ATS. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road favorite and even 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
Two things happened in Friday's meeting that I don't expect to happen tonight. Kobe Bryant went off for an efficient 36 points (14-of-25 shooting) and Steve Nash committed a season-worst seven turnovers. Expect the Suns to do a much better job on Bryant and Nash to take better care of the basketball. The result should be a Phoenix victory.
The Suns will make Kobe take more shots to get his. Also, Nash has an opportunity to have a big game. The Lakers typically struggle against teams with good point guards.