We recently posed the question on whether or not Lonzo Ball could be classified as a basketball betting online bust. The reason being that Ball has not lived up to the massive preseason expectations set forth by Magic Johnson and his father LaVar. Almost as if he had read the article, Lonzo decided to post an eye-catching triple-double. However, Ball was still unable to lead his team to a victory as Los Angeles fell 98-90 against the Milwaukee Bucks. While the numbers were impressive, at the end of the day what matters most is winning the game. Ball will have an opportunity to prove to top sportsbook players that he is capable of leading his team to a win this Monday night evening when the Lakers travel to Phoenix to take on their conference rivals. Let’s take a look at what NBA bookmakers are predicting for this evening’s action.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns – Monday, November 13th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Talking Stick Resort, Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NBA League Pass
Basketball Betting Online Odds:
Los Angeles Lakers +1 ½ (-110) 227 (-110) +103
Phoenix Suns -1 ½ (-110) 227 (-110) -123
In his record-setting triple-double, Lonzo Ball found success with his 3-point shot and quick decisions vs. an aggressive defense.https://t.co/Hpfsm26eXM
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 12, 2017
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers ride into this evening’s contest sporting a losing 5-8 record that perfectly sums up the type of success LA has been having with Ball in the starting lineup. It’s not the success that we were promised but at the very least basketball betting online players have been catching a good dose of entertainment. As aforementioned, Ball is coming off his best game to date scoring 19 points, 3 steals, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in the Lakers loss to the Bucks. While Ball might not have gotten the win, the big takeaway is that we’re finally starting to see glimpses of that aggression that online sports betting fans had been harping on the rookie all season long for. In short, Ball seemed a little too eager to pass the ball when someone of his height (Ball is a staggering 6’6”) should be eager to get to the rim and draw the foul. Now that we’re starting to see a little more aggression out of Ball, those ‘bust’ questions should begin to fade away. There’s no question that the rook has talent as his transition and passing is arguably already amongst the best in the NBA. Ball just needs to trust his skillset a little more and it also wouldn’t hurt
The Suns enter this Monday night pairing sporting a 5-9 record that ranks them 4th in the Pacific Division behind tonight’s opponent. Tonight’s contest will mark the second time this year Phoenix has faced their Western Conference final rivals, with the Lakers getting the best of them in round 1 132-130. Despite that loss, the online sports betting odds are actually siding with Phoenix over Ball & Co. It’s surprising, but the Lakers have been questionable all season long.