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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1
(2-2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns (2-2)
Date: Tuesday, June 1st
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: Lakers +185 | Suns -200
NBA Betting Odds: Suns -5
NBA Betting Total: 207
With the Los Angeles Lakers headed back to Phoenix they’ll face a motivated Suns club who evened the series on Sunday.
Each team has won once on the road but the Lakers have bigger issues given Anthony Davis had to exit Game 4 missing the entire second half with what is being deemed a groin injury.
Meanwhile, Chris Paul who injured his shoulder in Game 1 had his best game since the injury leading the Suns and looking much more like the Point God of old.
The Suns are now 16-1 when they hold teams under 100 points.
Los Angeles Lakers
There is a massive disparity in the wins and losses and Anthony Davis’ performance in each. In Games 1 and 4 he averaged 9.5 points shooting an abysmal 28 percent with 5.5 rebounds. While he only played the first half of Game 4 he was already struggling shooting 2 of 9 for six points.
In contrast, his averages in Games 2 and 3 when the Lakers won were 34 points on 48.6 percent with 10.5 rebounds.
Groins typically take rest and time to heal and while the Lakers have Andre Drummond, Marc Gasol, and Montrezl Harrell they can tap to step up it’s not even close to having AD.
Frank Vogel has shown a penchant for using Drummond however, the Lakers played better with Gasol who can stretch the floor is another playmaker and as a former Defensive Player of the Year may be the best defender in that trio.
LeBron James led his squad with 25 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, a steal, but once again was turnover-prone with six.
Marc Gasol (12), Kyle Kuzma (11), and Alex Caruso (10) were the other double-figure contributors with no other starters reaching that benchmark.
Monty Williams told Chris Paul prior to Game 4 he wasn’t going to play as the head coach worried about his injured shoulder. CP3 pushed back and said let me try. It turned out it was a risk worth taking as the veteran point guard had his best game of the series.
Paul produced 18 points and nine dimes with three steals – – none more important than what was more of a block on Marc Gasol (yes you read that right) in clutch time. His defense and game management was crucial to the Suns’ victory.
Devin Booker had an off shooting night (5 of 14) scoring 17 points with seven rebounds, five assists, a steal, and five turnovers.
Deandre Ayton continues to impress and be unfazed by the spotlight besting all the bigs with a double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds with two steals.
Jae Crowder (17), Mikal Bridges (11), and Cameron Payne (13) were the other double-figure scorers.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Lakers are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
Health will continue to be the main storyline of this series and if Davis can’t go it definitely gives the Suns the advantage and a huge motivational lift with CP3 looking right again.
LeBron James will need to dial back the clock and become the primary offensive threat but still need someone to step up and help. Through four games, other than Davis there hasn’t been a consistent source on the Lakers providing that production.
Booker is due for a breakout game and with the Suns back home — this could be the night he busts loose.
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