Tuesday night’s meeting is the second of four meetings between the Lakers and Suns during the 2023-22 NBA season.
The last time these two teams played was in Opening Week when the reigning Western Conference champions posted a comfortable 115-105 victory at STAPLES Center, a game they led by as many as 32 points.
The 2023-22 season has been contrasting for both teams.
The Lakers have been plagued with player absences, due to injuries or other reasons, which have not helped them establish consistency and gain momentum. Leading this game with their 16-15 record, their inconsistency is demonstrated by the fact that they have failed to win more than three games in a row and have never lost more than three in a row.
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According to him latest injury report released by team, they have six players in the league’s health and safety protocols for this game in Avery Bradley, Kent Bazemore, Dwight Howard, Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monk and Austin Reaves. All-Star Anthony Davis will miss this game due to an MCL sprain to his left knee in Minnesota. Frank Vogel is also reportedly in the protocols, which will elevate David Fizdale as interim head coach.
MORE: List of NBA players on health and safety protocols
On the other hand, the Suns have built on their success from last year’s playoffs through this season. After a 1-3 start, they have won 23 of their next 25 games, including a franchise record of 18 straight wins to improve to a league-best 24-5 record.
They have pulled off this impressive performance despite key players in Devin Booker (7) and Deandre Ayton (8) missing several games.
What channel are Lakers vs. Suns?
Live broadcast: See TNT
What time does Lakers vs Suns start?
Date: Tuesday December 21
Hour: 10:00 pm ET | 7:00 pm Pacific Time
Lakers vs. Suns is scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 21. The game will be played at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
|December 21||against suns||10:00 pm||TNT|
|December 23th||vs. Spurs||10:30 pm||–|
|December 25th||against networks||8:00 pm||ESPN, ABC|
|December 28th||in rockets||8:00 pm||–|
|December 29||in Grizzlies||8:00 pm||NBA TV|
(All the eastern time)
Hours of the suns
|December 21||in the lakers||10:00 pm||TNT|
|December 23th||against thunder||21:00||–|
|December 25th||against warriors||5:00 pm||ABC|
|December 27||against Grizzlies||21:00||–|
|December 29||against thunder||21:00||–|
(All the eastern time)
NBA schedule for 2023-22
After a truncated season in 2020-21, the NBA has returned to its standard 82-game format for the 2023-22 campaign, which is the league’s 75th anniversary season.
Here are some key dates for the 2023-22 NBA season:
- Changes deadline: Feb. 10
- NBA All-Star 2023: February 18-20
- Regular season ends: April 10th
- Entrance tournament: April 12-15
- The playoffs begin: April 16th
- The NBA Finals begin: June 2nd
- NBA draft 2023: June 23