The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns will begin their four-game regular-season series on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns swept the Lakers in 2021-22 and will try to win their eighth game in a row against them.
LeBron James QUESTIONABLE, Chris Paul OUT for Suns vs. Lakers
The Suns’s Chris Paul
The Phoenix Suns (10-6; 10-6 ATS) are still struggling. The Suns defeated the New York Knicks 116-95 as 6-point home favorites on Sunday, following a 130-119 home win over the Golden State Warriors and a tough 134-133 loss to the Utah Jazz.
The Suns won their fourth consecutive game, holding the Knicks to 40.0% field goal shooting and 28.0% from beyond the arc while grabbing 22 offensive rebounds. Against the Knicks, the Suns shot 17-for-39 from deep.
With 117.8 points per 100 possessions, the Suns rank third in the NBA. They make 47.2% of their field goals and 37.9% of their three-point attempts (ranked 11th).
Phoenix allows 110.5 points per possession, ranking seventh, on 45.7% field goal shooting (tied for ninth) and 38.4% from beyond the 3-point line.
Landry Shamet (concussion) is listed as questionable for the Suns.
Paul (heel) has been ruled out of Tuesday’s game against the Lakers.
When Paul was injured against the Sixers on Nov. 7, the Suns hoped he wouldn’t be out long, but this will be the veteran’s seventh consecutive absence.
He’ll be re-evaluated at some point this week, so it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to play Friday against Detroit or Saturday against Utah.
Phoenix Suns Injury Update
- SG Landry Shamet (Concussion): Expected to be out until at least Nov 25
- PG Paul (Heel)L: Expected to be out until at least Nov 25
- SF Cameron Johnson (Knee): Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
- PF Jae Crowder (Not Injury Related): Expected to be out until at least Nov 25
LeBron James of the Lakers
Despite the absence of LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers (5-10; 5-10 ATS) have returned to form.
Last Sunday, the Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 123-92, completing a four-game homestand and extending their winning streak to three games.
They shot 52.9% from the field and 35.3% from beyond the arc (12-for-34), had 29 assists, and scored 60 points in the paint.
LeBron James has missed the Lakers’ last four games due to a left adductor strain.
James (thigh) is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Suns by Ryan Ward of LakersNation.com.
James has missed the team’s last four games due to a left adductor strain, and he is still being closely monitored by the medical staff.
If he is ruled out for the game against Phoenix, Troy Brown, Wenyen Gabriel, and Austin Reaves should see more playing time.
LA Lakers Injury Update
- SF LeBron James (Thigh): Game Time Decision
- PF Cole Swider (Foot): Game Time Decision
- SG Max Christie (Covid-19): Expected to be out until at least Nov 25
- C Anthony Davis (Back): Game Time Decision
- SF Juan Toscano-Anderson (Back): Game Time Decision