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Suns vs. Lakers line, picks: Advanced computer NBA model releases selections for Friday matchup

SportsLine's projection model generated selections for Friday's matchup between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers
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The Phoenix Suns visit STAPLES Center to face the Los Angeles Lakers in a playoff rematch at 10 p.m. ET on Friday. Caesars Sportsbook lists this game as a pick'em, while the Over-Under is set at 221 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our NBA odds page). 

Before making any Suns vs. Lakers picks, you NEED to check out the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned almost $9,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three seasons. The model finished up almost $600 on its top-rated picks last season and enters the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 100-66 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread. Anyone following it has seen HUGE returns!

The model knows the Suns were fantastic last season, and Phoenix brings back the vast majority of its core. The Suns scored more than 1.16 points per possession in 2020-21, leading the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio and ranking in the top three in shooting efficiency and assists. Phoenix is also very strong defensively, with Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges and Chris Paul captaining a group that is both versatile and opportunistic.

The model also knows the Lakers have some of the best talent in the NBA. LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook are all capable of breaking out for a memorable performance at any moment. The Lakers also led the NBA in defensive efficiency last season, allowing fewer than 1.08 points per possession, and Los Angeles finished in the top five in shooting efficiency allowed, defensive rebounding and turnover creation in 2020-21.

Now, it has set its sights on Suns vs. Lakers. We can tell you the model is leaning under the total, and it also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any NBA picks.

Who wins Suns vs. Lakers? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? ... Join SportsLine right now to find out which side of the Suns vs. Lakers spread you should be all over Friday, all from the model on a roll on NBA picks!

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