NBA: Suns face rival Lakers, look for 7th straight win
The Suns are making their playoff push and will look to extend their season-long winning streak to seven games when they face the Los Angeles Lakers (24-48) Monday night.
Phoenix (44-29) is coming off a big 112-88 win at home over the Knicks with Goran Dragic finishing with 32 points in the contest.
The Suns have a chance to complete a season sweep with victories of 114-108, 117-90, and 121-114 this season over the Lakers. In their last matchup, Gerald Green led the charge with 28 points and 7 rebounds while shooting 12-18 from the field. Markieff Morris scored 24 points and added 7 rebounds and Goran Dragic nearly had a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Phoenix comes into tonight’s game in the 7th spot in the West 0.5 games ahead of Memphis and Dallas. They are also just 1.5 games behind Golden State for the 6th seed and 2.5 games behind Portland for 5th.
The Lakers, on the other hand, are 14th in the West and are 2 games ahead of Utah for the worst record in the Western Conference. Los Angeles has the 6th worst record in the entire league.
Prediction: Suns 115 Lakers 102
The Lakers will be without Steve Nash (back), Pau Gasol (illness), Kobe Bryant (knee), and Xavier Henry (knee) so who will score for LA? Kent Bazemore, who put up 21 points on Friday, won’t be scoring that many points every night. The Suns are such a balanced team on offense and defense and should be able to defeat the “Lake-Show” handedly.
The Suns and Lakers will tip-off from Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. at 6:30 p.m. MT.
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