The Phoenix Suns tied the series against the Los Angeles Lakers 2-2 after a hard-fought Game 4 at the STAPLES Center. This Tuesday, the two teams head back to Phoenix to play Game 5 of the Lakers vs. Suns Western Conference Round 1. The Suns were able to reel themselves back in the game after the Lakers claimed two consecutive wins. Now that they have momentum, the team looks forward to playing at the Phoenix Suns Arena in front of their home crowd. On the other hand, the Los Angeles Lakers prepare for the worst come Tuesday night after Davis previously suffered a groin injury that puts a questionable label on him.
With the anticipated Lakers vs. Suns series, the NitroBetting news team gives you an in-depth preview of Game 5. This includes important team information and their respective key players, as well as the latest NBA odds, timely betting trends, and expert betting predictions, all of which are geared to help you secure the best possible picks. Don’t forget to check out our online BTC sportsbook for all the latest sports betting odds and lines.
Lakers vs. Suns Game 5 Information
- When: Tuesday, June 1st, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
- Where: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
- TV: NBA TV / ESPN
- Radio: 710AM ESPNLA (Lakers) / 98.7 FM KTAR (Suns)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns -200 / OU: 207.5
Why Bet on the Los Angeles Lakers?
It was a tough Game 4 for the Lakers following Anthony Davis’ departure in the first half. But the Lakers did close the deficit in the 4th quarter after capitalizing on some of the Suns’ mistakes. Although their efforts weren’t enough, with the right strategy, they can still make it difficult for the Suns in Game 5. Anthony Davis remains questionable in the upcoming game, which requires players like Marc Gasol, Alex Caruso, and Montrezl Harrell to step up.LeBron James will have to produce another astonishing performance to keep the Lakers afloat. With four NBA Championships under his belt, we expect him to lead and orchestrate the team’s offense come game day. He may not score as much as he used to, but he can continue to make an impact on different aspects of the game. He recorded 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists in Game 4.
His ability to create open looks for his teammates, get rebounds, and his overall presence can help his team stay in contention. With his strength in the paint, the Lakers can continue to outperform the Suns in rebounding, which currently sits at 40.5-43.3.
Why Bet on the Phoenix Suns?
The Phoenix Suns began to improve after a mediocre Game 2 and Game 3. Although it’s almost impossible to contain LeBron James and Anthony Davis on full throttle, they held themselves well in Game 4. And despite having Chris Paul on limited playing time due to a shoulder injury, the Suns were able to utilize almost every player possible, putting 6 players on double-digit scores and 8 of their 9 listed players on the score sheet.
Devin Booker is doing a great job leading the backcourt of the Phoenix Suns in his first-ever playoff appearance. Before Game 4 started, the guard had put up an average of 28 points per game since the playoffs began. The last game was a different story for him as he was held back to 17 points by the Lakers’ defense.
But the entire Suns’ roster was up to the task. Deandre Ayton scored 14 points and collected 17 rebounds, Jay Crowder recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Cameron Payne continues to hold his own in the playoffs after adding13 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. This is a testament to the quality of Monty Williams’ coaching, and if they can continue to dictate the tempo on Game 5, we anticipate a tightly-contested bout from start to finish.
Lakers vs. Suns Betting Trends
- The Lakers are 3-2 in their last 5 away games.
- The Lakers are 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 away games.
- The totals have gone under in 6 of the Lakers’ last 10 games.
- The Suns are 8-2 in their last 10 home games.
- The Suns are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 home games.
- The totals have gone over in 6 of the Suns’ last 10 games.
Lakers vs. Suns Expert Betting Prediction
With injuries in the picture, this series remains unpredictable. If Paul gets more playing time in Game 5, we can expect his presence to create positive changes for the Phoenix Suns. His play alongside Devin Booker could make or break it.
Meanwhile, LeBron and the Lakers showed that they can bounce back even without Anthony Davis. They came in as favorites in the last game, but Davis on day-to-day makes the match more even this time around. Both are capable of covering the spread, but home-court advantage could give the Suns the advantage.
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