Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns (22-11, fourth in Western Conference) (24-11, second in the Western Conference)
Tuesday, 10 p.m. EST in Los Angeles
After beating the Timberwolves 118-99, the Suns face the Los Angeles Lakers. Devin Booker scored 43 points in the Suns’ win.
In divisional matchups, the Lakers are 0-2 so far. Los Angeles leads the Western Conference in scoring defense, yielding just 105.6 points while limiting opponents to 44.8 percent shooting.
The Suns have a 2-2 record in division play. With 26.9 assists per game, Phoenix is fifth in the NBA, led by Chris Paul’s average of 9.0.
The teams meet for the first time this season on Tuesday.
For the Lakers, Dennis Schroder averages 14.4 points and 4.3 assists per game. Over the last ten games, Los Angeles’ Montrezl Harrell has shot 60.7 percent and averaged 14.8 points.
For the Suns, Paul is averaging 16.4 points and nine assists per game. Over the last ten games, Deandre Ayton has shot 68.7% and scored 15.6 points for Phoenix.
LAST 10 GAMES:
Lakers: 5-5, averaging 107 points, 45.8 rebounds, 23.4 assists, 7.6 steals, and six blocks per game on 46.2 percent shooting. On 45.1 percent shooting, their opponents have averaged 107.4 points.
Suns are 8-2 and shoot 52.5 percent from the field, averaging 121.5 points, 41.1 rebounds, 29.2 assists, 7.4 steals, and 4.1 blocks per game. On 46.7 percent shooting, their opponents have averaged 108.4 points.
LeBron James is questionable (ankle), and Anthony Davis is out for the Lakers (achilles).
Dario Saric, Suns: day to day (ankle).