Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns - 5/23/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns - 5/23/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns (51-21) vs Los Angeles Lakers (43-30)

Game Info: Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Phoenix Suns Arena)

Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns -3 -- Over/Under: 213 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns meet Sunday in game one of the NBA West Playoffs at the Phoenix Suns Arena.

The Los Angeles Lakers look for another win after beating the Warriors in a play-in game on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 109.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 46 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25 points and 7.7 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 21.8 points and 3.1 assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Montrezl Harrell is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game.

The Phoenix Suns enter the playoffs after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 115.3 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 25.6 points and 4.3 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 16.4 points and 4.5 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Mikal Bridges is dishing 2.1 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 83.4 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game.

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The Lakers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Suns are 29-13 ATS in their last 42 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Lakers last 5 road games. The over is 21-6 in Suns last 27 overall. The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Phoenix.

The Phoenix Suns have been money all season long both straight up and against the spread, and they're 42-28-2 ATS on the season and 23-13 ATS at home. There's reason why the Suns are getting love from the bettors and you shouldn't be quick to write them off in this series. However, we're getting the Lakers in the underdog role, something that almost never happens when LeBron and AD are healthy. The same Lakers team that has the second best odds to win the NBA title. The value is with the Lakers here, even if the Suns have a shot to surprise some folks.

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers +3

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