Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Phoenix Suns are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers at the Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 15:30 ET in Game 1 of this Western quarterfinal between the second and seventh-best teams of the conference. The Suns held the second place of the conference and of the whole league by winning three consecutive games in the ending of the regular season. The Lakers were plagued by injuries and fallen to the seventh place and were forced into the play-in tournament. They won the Warriors for their sixth straight win and clinched the seventh place. 

The Suns finished the regular season with a 51-21 record and are 42-28-2 against the spread and 42-30 in over/under. They are coming off a road victory against the Spurs with a 123-121 score. Eight of their nine players that they used were in double digit scoring. Etwaun Morre had a team-high 22 points off the bench, missing only one of his ten shots from the field. 

Devin Booker leads the team in scoring with 25.6 ppg, adding 4.2 boards and 4.3 dimes per game. Chris Pauls adds 16.4 ppg, 4.5 boards and a team-high 8.9 dimes per game. 

The Suns score 115.3 ppg offensively and allow 109.5 ppg defensively. They have the second-best field goal percentage in the league with 49%, while shooting with 37.8% from downtown. They are 1-1-3 against the spread in their previous five matches. Over is 9-1 in their previous ten matches.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Predictions 5/23/2021

The Lakers finished the regular season with a 42-30 record and are 32-39-1 against the spread and 28-43-1 in over/under. They are coming off a home win against the Warriors with a 103-100 score. Anthony Davis and LeBron James led the team with 25 and 22 points respectively. James had a triple double, adding 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Davis grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. 

LeBron leads the team both in scoring with 25 ppg and in assists made with 7.8, adding 7.7 rebounds per game, while shooting with 51.3% from the field. Anthony Davis follows with 21.8 ppg and 7.9 rebounds per game. 

Lakers have the second-best defense in the NBA with 106.8 ppg and score 109.5 ppg offensively. They have a 47.2% field goal percentage and a 35.4% 3-point percentage. They are 1-4 against the spread in their previous five matches. Under is 5-3-1 in their previous nine matches. 

Phoenix led LA 2-1 wins during the regular season, winning the only matchup at home with a 111-94 score. Under is 6-3 in their previous nine matchups. The Suns are 27-9 at home, while the Lakers are 21-15 on the road. I’m going to pick the Suns with -2.5 today.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 15:30 ET 

Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, TX

Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021

TV: ABC

NBA Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix Suns -2.5 

NBA Totals: +212.5

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