Lakers vs Suns Sport 1 Odds, Unfold and Picks
Anthony Davis and the LA Lakers kick off protection of their title in Phoenix towards the Suns in Sport 1 on Sunday.(Photograph by PI/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
- The Phoenix Suns host Sport 1 of their playoff collection towards the Los Angeles Lakers (ABC, 3:30 pm ET)
- Sunday would be the first time that Chris Paul and LeBron James face off within the submit season
- Learn beneath for a full breakdown and choose on the sport
The Phoenix Suns got here out of nowhere to shock as one of many NBA’s prime groups this season, but it surely’s time to see if that success will proceed within the playoffs towards the defending NBA champions.
The Los Angeles Lakers start their title protection in Phoenix after narrowly beating Golden State of their play-in matchup on Might 19. The Suns kick off Sport 1 as 2.5-point favorites and had been 2-1 outright and towards the unfold versus the Lake Present this season. The final time Phoenix was within the playoffs got here in 2009-10 when it superior all the best way to the convention finals earlier than shedding to the Lakers, who went on to win the championship towards Boston.
Lakers vs Suns Sport 1 Odds
|Crew||Unfold at DraftKings||Moneyline||Complete|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+2.5 (-109)||+114||O 213.5 (-112)|
|Phoenix Suns||-2.5 (-112)||-136||U 213.5 (-109)|
Odds as of Might twenty second.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel led Los Angeles to a title within the bubble final yr, and has a 31-30 profession playoff file. Phoenix’s Monty Williams was acknowledged because the NBA Coach of the Yr this season, however has a much more modest 2-8 playoff file as head coach in two appearances with New Orleans.
Is Suns Success Smoke and Mirrors Towards LA?
Phoenix gained every of its first two video games towards LA this season by double digits, however did so with a full roster. Of their first matchup on March 2, the Lakers had been with out Anthony Davis, who additionally missed their subsequent assembly on March 21 — as did LeBron James.
Anthony Davis factors towards the Suns as a Laker
24 PTS | Nov 12, 2019
26 PTS | Jan 1, 2020
25 PTS | Feb 10, 2020
35 PTS | Dec 18, 2020 | Preseason
42 PTS | Might 9, 2021 pic.twitter.com/YYFfIbjT8Q
— Lakers Empire (@LakersEmpire) Might 22, 2021
Of their most up-to-date sport on Might 9, Los Angeles gained with out James and level guard Dennis Schroder within the lineup, however a wholesome Davis scored 42 factors within the 123-110 win. Towards the Warriors, Davis began the sport 2-for-12 within the first half, however bought his act collectively within the second and made 4-of-5 from the sector within the fourth quarter.
Vogel may look to attempt to recreate that late sport success with Davis on Sunday, as Davis was productive taking part in at heart, Phoenix heart Deandre Ayton missed the ultimate three video games of the common season with soreness in his left knee, however is anticipated to renew his regular workload towards LA.
Nonetheless, the Lakers have extra gamers within the frontcourt to throw at him than Phoenix has to counter. In two video games towards the Lakers this yr, Suns ahead Cameron Johnson has made 5-of-6 three-pointers, however he may even be returning to motion on Sunday after lacking a while with a wrist harm to his taking pictures hand.
Which Model of Chris Paul Exhibits Up?
Paramount to the Suns probabilities is the play of level guard Chris Paul. He’s scored not less than 16 factors or had not less than 10 assists in 4 of the ultimate 5 video games to shut out the common season.
LeBron James on matching up towards his very long time buddy Chris Paul within the postseason.
— NBA (@NBA) Might 20, 2021
Paul’s finest sport towards the Lakers this season got here within the Might 5 loss, when he had 13 factors, 10 assists and 4 steals, however that was additionally with out James or Schroder on the ground for Los Angeles.
Within the groups’ first two conferences, he had a mixed 19 factors, shot 26% from the sector, however had 23 assists. Contemplating Paul is the Suns’ second-leading scorer this season behind Devin Booker, he’s going to wish to offer higher than these numbers within the collection, however particularly in Sport 1.
The Suns completed the common season with the perfect house file within the NBA. Phoenix has additionally shot 51% from the sector at house over its final three and its bench has been the league’s best over the ultimate 5 video games of the common season.
Though the considered the Lakers taking part in with a full deck for the primary time towards the Suns is a frightening state of affairs, the flip aspect is that Phoenix has the good thing about taking part in extra minutes as a cohesive unit. This collection may very nicely go the space, and issues may flip when issues head again to the Staples Middle, however in Sport 1, the Suns ought to nonetheless have simply sufficient depth and power to kick issues off with a win at house.
- The Choose: Phoenix Moneyline (-136)
Nick Krueger has over a decade of expertise in sports activities media, masking a variety of occasions together with two Olympic Video games for Yahoo Sports activities. Different areas of focus for Nick all through his profession have included school soccer recruiting, NCAA athletics and Main League Baseball Spring Coaching.