James and the Lakers take on the Suns
Los Angeles Lakers (30-31, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (12-50, 15th in the Western Conference)
Phoenix; Saturday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: LeBron James leads Los Angeles into a matchup against Phoenix. He currently ranks eighth in the league scoring 26.9 points per game.
The Suns are 7-31 against Western Conference opponents. Phoenix is last in the Western Conference shooting 32.8 percent from 3-point range.
The Lakers are 21-20 against Western Conference opponents. Los Angeles ranks seventh in the league with 46.8 rebounds per game. James leads the Lakers with 8.7. The Lakers earned a victory in the last matchup between these two teams on Jan. 27. Ivica Zubac led Los Angeles with 24 points and Devin Booker led Phoenix with 21 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Booker leads the Suns with 6.7 assists and scores 24.6 points per game. Mikal Bridges has averaged 3.8 assists and 10.2 points over the last 10 games for Phoenix.
Reggie Bullock leads the Lakers averaging 2.5 made 3-pointers while scoring 11.3 points per game and shooting 45.5 percent from beyond the arc. Kyle Kuzma has averaged 2.1 made 3-pointers and scored 19.6 points over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
LAST 10 GAMES: Lakers: 4-6, averaging 113.6 points, 44.2 rebounds, 28.4 assists, 6.4 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 122.2 points on 48.6 percent shooting.
Suns: 1-9, averaging 108.6 points, 40.5 rebounds, 25.9 assists, 9.3 steals and 3.3 blocks per game while shooting 47.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.8 points on 49.3 percent shooting.
Suns Injuries: TJ Warren: out (ankle), Devin Booker: day to day (left great toe sprain).
Lakers Injuries: Lance Stephenson: day to day (toe), Lonzo Ball: out (left ankle).