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Phoenix Suns (12-8) at Los Angeles Lakers (12-9) Game Preview: A Trip to Vegas on the Line

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The Phoenix Suns (11-8) and Los Angeles Lakers (12-9) meet tonight in LA for the quarterfinals of the NBA In-Season Tournament with the winner advancing to the semifinals in Las Vegas and loser being eliminated. The Lakers have beaten the Suns twice this season, but both games the Suns didn’t have Devin Booker. Now, Booker is healthy and so are several additional players on both teams, making this the most full-strength matchup of the season so far between the two teams.

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Local Game Information

Start Time: 8 p.m. MST

Location: Arena

TV Channel: 3TV/AZ Family, TNT

Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, La Mejor 106.5 FM

Stream: Suns Live (click for more info)

Betting Odds

Line: LAL -1.5

O/U: 230.5

WATCH: Burn City Best Bets for Suns vs Lakers

Injury Report

Phoenix Suns: Eric Gordon (right knee contusion) AVAILABLE | Bradley Beal (low back strain) OUT | Damion Lee (right meniscus surgery) OUT

Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James (left calf contusion) AVAILABLE | Anthony Davis (left adductor/hip spasm) AVAILABLE | Rui Hachimura (nasal fracture) AVAILABLE | Jarred Vanderbilt (left heel bursitis) AVAILABLE | Gabe Vincent (left knee effusion) OUT

Starters (Projected)

Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker, Eric Gordon, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkić

Los Angeles Lakers: D’Angelo Russell, Cam Reddish, LeBron James, Taurean Prince, Anthony Davis

NBA In-Season Tournament Bracket

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Last Time Out

Devin Booker returned with a bang after a one-game absence Saturday and the Phoenix Suns snap a two-game skid with a 116-109 win over the Memphis Grizzlies (5-14) and improved to 12-8 on the year. Booker totaled 34 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to propel the Suns over a scrappy Grizzlies team, who were missing eight players. Memphis led by one at the half, but the Suns had a big 14-0 run in the third quarter and didn’t look back from there. Kevin Durant had 27 points and 5 assists, snapping his seven-game streak with 30+ points, but still putting together a solid outing. Josh Okogie was scrappy all night, finishing with three steals and seven rebounds, impacting the game without scoring. The Suns overcame 37 points from Jaren Jackson Jr. and 27 from Desmond Bane to get the W.

The Los Angeles Lakers improved to 12-9 on the year by defeating the Houston Rockets (8-9) 107-97 on the road. LA was propelled by Anthony Davis’ 27 points and 14 rebounds and kept the Rockets from winning their first road game of the year. Austin Reaves had 18 points off the bench, while LeBron James had 16 points and seven assists. The Lakers allowed the Rockets to shoot 60% from the floor in the first quarter, but were fueled by a 29-4 run in the second quarter, which ultimately led to a 60-44 halftime lead. They didn’t look back from there and won dominantly despite being outscored 54-34 in the paint.

Flashback: Last Meeting (Nov. 10, 2023)

Suns fall to Lakers after 4th quarter collapse

Team Matchup Notes

Here are some stats, notes and everything else to know about the Suns and Lakers before their third matchup of the season (via Suns)

Each team’s stats (via Suns and Lakers):

Five Keys to Game for Suns

  1. Get Booker and Durant going early
  2. Find the best way for Jusuf Nurkić to matchup with Anthony Davis
  3. Continue to let Jusuf Nurkić cook
  4. Don’t allow LeBron to take over
  5. No more blowing fourth quarter leads to LA!

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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