Lakers vs Suns Picks and Odds – Sport 2
The Phoenix Suns will look to take a commanding 2-0 sequence lead over the LA Lakers on Tuesday. (Photograph by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire).
- Phoenix is a 1.5-point underdog versus Los Angeles in Sport 2 of their 1st Spherical sequence on Tuesday (Could twenty fifth, 10:10 pm ET)
- The Suns took the sequence opener 99-90, led by Devin Booker (34 pts) and Deandre Ayton (21 pts, 16 reb)
- See under for evaluation, odds and a betting prediction
The Phoenix Suns can’t get any respect. Regardless of being one among solely two groups with 50+ wins within the common season, they opened up as a sequence underdog to the LA Lakers within the 1st Spherical of the playoffs. They had been additionally an underdog in Sport 1, and so they responded by upsetting the defending champs 99-90. So absolutely, the Sport 2 odds will favor them proper?
Lakers vs Suns Odds – Sport 2
|Crew||Unfold||Moneyline at FanDuel||Complete|
|LA Lakers||-1.5 (-110)||-120||O 208.5 (-110)|
|Phoenix Suns||+1.5 (-110)||+102||U 208.5 (-110)|
Odds as of Could twenty fourth.
Incorrect. Phoenix is as soon as once more a 1.5-point house underdog to LA, in a sport that encompasses a complete of 208.5. The Suns improved to 3-1 versus the Lakers in 2021 by beating them on Sunday, and may take a commanding 2-0 sequence lead when the 2 groups sq. off once more on Tuesday (Could twenty fifth, 10:10 pm ET).
Booker and Ayton Ball Out
Phoenix’s younger stars stole the present on Sunday, as Devin Booker poured in 34 factors, whereas Deandre Ayton added 21 factors and 16 boards. Ayton was a menace on the offensive finish, burying 10 of his 11 makes an attempt, and gobbling up 8 offensive rebounds.
Deandre Ayton is the 2nd participant in postseason historical past to shoot 90% (or higher) in a 20-point, 15-rebound sport towards the Lakers, becoming a member of Invoice Russell, who did it in Sport 2 of the 1965 NBA Finals h/t @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/T0CXG8LBQW
— ESPN Stats & Data (@ESPNStatsInfo) Could 23, 2021
Ayton fully outplayed his counterpart Anthony Davis, extra on his struggles later, and each he and Booker regarded like playoff veterans of their postseason debuts.
Talking of playoff vets, the Suns survived a significant scare when Chris Paul went down within the second quarter. Paul collided with teammate Cameron Jordan and informed the media afterwards he heard a “crack” in his proper shoulder. The 11-time All-Star stayed down for a number of minutes earlier than being helped off the court docket, however managed to return a short time later.
“Simply was praying for him, hoping he was OK.”
“It was inspirational to look at him on the market.”
“We all know he is a fighter.”
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) Could 24, 2021
Paul in the end gutted out 36 minutes in Sport 1, largely dribbling together with his left hand after the damage and taking only some photographs. He’s assured he’ll be capable to play in Sport 2, and his presence on the court docket will likely be crucial for Phoenix in the event that they hope to drag off one other upset.
Does Measurement Matter?
One of many large questions heading into this sequence was whether or not or not the Suns would be capable to deal with the Lakers measurement? Nicely, they actually handed their first check with flying colours. Phoenix dominated the rebounding battle 47-33, whereas racking up 16 offensive boards. They outscored LA within the paint 52-44, and Ayton and firm did a quantity on AD.
Anthony Davis isn’t this disengaged by chance. Had the life pummeled out of him by Deandre Ayton on each ends all rattling day. Can’t consider i simply typed that sentence and it’s truly true however give the person his credit score, appears so improved from his rookie season.
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) Could 23, 2021
Davis managed solely 13 factors, on 5-of-16 taking pictures, whereas Ayton had extra offensive rebounds than Davis had complete rebounds.
The Lakers as a staff had been dismal from past the arc, pulling down simply 26.9% of their makes an attempt, and struggled on the free throw line (60.7%). LeBron James did handle 18 factors, 10 assists and seven rebounds, however the 90 factors had been the fewest the staff has scored with James and Davis each within the lineup all yr.
Been There, Accomplished That
A LeBron led staff has by no means misplaced within the 1st Spherical of the playoffs, and gradual begins within the postseason are nothing new to the Lakers. Final yr, they misplaced the opening sport in every of their first two sequence earlier than rallying again, and finally profitable the title.
You would guess on historical past repeating itself, and oddsmakers are as LA continues to be a -118 favourite to win this sequence, however why not goal the over as a substitute. The overall has been shaved by 5.5-points in comparison with Sport 1, but we will’t anticipate the Lakers to carry out as badly on offense as they did on Sunday.
They had been uncharacteristically dangerous from each the charity stripe and past the arc, and constructive regression is probably going headed their method. AD, who averages 28.3 factors per playoff sport in his profession, will certainly bounce again and one other goose egg for Kyle Kuzma is just not sensible.
The Suns in the meantime, averaged 115.3 factors per sport this season, and noticed 9 of their final 10, and 21 of their previous 27 common season outings fly over the overall.
Choose: Over 208.5 (-110)
Chris started his profession at Hockey Night time in Canada over 15 years in the past. He has since labored at TSN for over 12 years as a author, line-up producer, subject producer, newsroom supervisor for Sportscentre, and presently as a promotions producer.