The Phoenix Suns, a team not usually thought of as a defensive team, have risen as one. Allowing only 91.5 points, which would set a franchise record, they have also got back to .500 and will try to break the Los Angeles Lakers six-game home winning streak Tuesday night at the Staples Center. The Suns scored a season-high total in a 109-93 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday. That victory gave Phoenix its 24th consecutive home win over the Bucks.We are making open shots, Steve Nash said. We are also getting a little better pace and tempo throughout the game, a little bit of cohesion.The Lakers scored a 90-82 victory over Memphis despite a season-high 27 turnovers. They were poor turnovers that led to a lot of fast-break points. According to the Lakers coach Mike Brown It was a controlled, methodical game a game that we should excel at if we can take care of the basketball.Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles LakersWhen: 10:30 PM ET, Tuesday, January 10, 2012Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles CaliforniaIn certain Sportsbook sites, the Lakers have opened as 7.5-point favorites.NBA betting odds surely are a bit steep but keep on checking on your favorite sportsbook site in case NBA betting odds change to your favor.Phoenix Suns (4-4)The Suns are definitely performing well. In the two most recent trips for Phoenix to play at the Lakers, it was superbly interesting. On March 22, the Suns overcame a 21-point deficit in the second half to force triple-overtime. And before that, they made a franchise record 22 3-pointers, just one short of the NBA record. Nash and Marcin Gortat are tied for the NBA lead in field-goal percentage at 69.2 percent. Gortat is 15 of 18 from the field in his last two games.Los Angeles Lakers (6-4)Matt Barnes has missed most of last season due to a knee injury but he has definitely won over Brown and has also won the starting spot at small forward, replacing Devin Ebanks. Fighting the Memphis, Barnes was 5 of 9 for 15 points and 10 rebounds. He has also managed two blocks. Hes my small forward for the foreseeable future, Brown said. He earned it. Hes held onto it and hes played the right way for us at that position. Barnes averages 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds.Kobe Bryant, who scored at more than 30 points in three of the Lakers four games, was chosen Western Conference Player of the Week.The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 home games against the Suns.With 10 assists in the first quarter and finished with a season-high 17, it was Nash during the battle against Milwaukee.
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