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Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns: Match Prediction, Injury Report & How to watch | 21 December 2021

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NBA Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns

Date: 21 December 2021

Time: 10 p.m. EST

The Phoenix Suns will face the struggling Los Angeles Lakers in the Staples Center as they look to continue their three-game winning streak. In their last game between these teams, the Phoenix Suns took the victory, 115-105. 

Los Angeles Lakers Season so far

The Los Angeles Laker shave had an up and down season so far. The Lakeshow returns home to host to hosts the in-form Phoenix Suns. In the last ten games, the purple and gold are averaging 108.5 points, 44.7 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 8.8 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 47.8% from the field. On the other end, opponents have averaged 104.5 points per game against the Lakers. 

 

At the age of 37, LeBron James continues to lead the Lakers with 26.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, seven assists and 1.6 steals over the past 10 games for Los Angeles. After an injury-ridden start, the King has picked back up his incredible consistency to win a fifth NBA title. With Anthony Davis missing time, Russell Westbrook has become immensely stepped up with stats of 19.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 8.3 assists.

Phoenix Suns season so far

The Phoenix Suns have built on their finals appearance from last season to emerge as one best team’s in the 2021-22 NBA season. The Valley Boys enter Los Angeles on a three-game winning streak, defeating the Wizards, Hornets and Trailblazers. In the last games, they have averaged 110.7 points, 45.4 rebounds, 25.5 assists, 8.1 steals, and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 47.1% from the field. Defensively, the Suns are the third-best rated team as their opponents have averaged 104.0 points.

 

Like the Lakers, Phoenix is led by another veteran legend in Chris Paul, who is averaging 14.4 points, four rebounds and 10.1 assists while shooting 48.6% from the field and 33.7% from the 3 point line. Supporting the Point God, Devin Booker averages 2.5 made 3-pointers per game for the Suns, scoring 22.9 points while shooting 40.9% from beyond the arc. 

Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Match Prediction

Like their last matchup, The Phoenix Suns are most likely to win this game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns are clearly a better team in comparison to the Lakers as they have the sixth-best offence and third-best defence. Whereas the Lakers lag far behind with a 25th ranked offence and the 8th ranked defence. The Lakers are also short-handed as many key members of their roster are either injured or listed in the league’s health and safety protocol, giving the Suns an upper hand.

Injury Report:

Los Angeles Lakers

Malik Monk – Covid-19 – Game Time Decision

Dwight Howard -Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 23

Kent Bazemore – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 28

Anthony Davis – Knee – Expected to be out until at least Jan 15

Austin Reaves – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 25

Avery Bradley – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 28

Talen Horton-Tucker – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 24

Kendrick Nunn -Knee – Expected to be out until at least Jan 2

Phoenix Suns

Abdel Nader – Knee – Game Time Decision

Chris Paul – Hand – Game Time Decision

Frank Kaminsky – Knee – Expected to be out until at least Jan 10

Dario Saric – Knee – Expected to be out until at least Apr 1

How to watch Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns?

The match between Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns will be telecasted on Spectrum Sports Network. International fans can watch the game on NBA League Pass. 

Also read: NBA Injury Update: When Will Anthony Davis Return From MCL Sprain?