Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns - 6/1/21 NBA Picks and Predictions

Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns - 6/1/21 NBA Picks and Predictions Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns (53-23) vs Los Angeles Lakers (45-32)

Game Info: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Phoenix Suns Arena)

Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns -4.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns face off on Tuesday in game 5 of their Western Conference NBA playoff showdown at Talking Stick Resort Arena. 

This has been a back and forth series with each of the teams winning two of the games. In the last game, it was the Suns that were able to come away with the 100-92 victory. The Suns used a balanced attack in that game with six different players scoring in double figures. Chris Paul paced the team finishing with 18 points, nine assists, and three rebounds. The Lakers were led by LeBron James who finished the game with 25 points and 12 rebounds. 

The Los Angeles Lakers have some issues heading into this game, and this is one they have to treat like a must-win. The biggest issue for the Lakers is it looks like Anthony Davis isn’t going to be able to go and that is a big loss for this team. Davis on the season is averaging 21.8 points while shooting 49 percent from the field. LeBron James has been playing well this postseason, and coming off a big game, but the Lakers need other players to step up. The Lakers' second player in the last game was Marc Gasol who finished with 12 points. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Suns who have been inconsistent in this series, but their defense was the difference in the last game giving up only 92 points and that led to the victory. This hasn’t been a high-scoring series and when they have struggled it’s been the offense that has let them down. Two games ago, the Suns only scored 95 points and that led to the defeat. Paul and Devin Booker are the best two players for this team, but Jae Crowder was an x-factor in the last game. In this game, they are going to need Crowder to have a big game.

Lakers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Phoenix. Under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Phoenix. Under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.

Both teams are going to struggle to score again in this game and with the pace being so slow, this game is going to go well under the posted total. Back the under the cash with ease.

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Shane’s Pick Under 208.5

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