Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 6/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+4.5)
The Phoenix Suns (51-21) play the Los Angeles Lakers (42-30) at Phoenix Suns Arena on Tuesday in Game 5 of their series. The series is tied 2-2. The spread on this contest has Phoenix as 4.5-point favorites. The total is set at 208.5.
The Lakers went home with a loss by a final score of 100-92 in Game 4. Los Angeles ended with a 39.5% FG percentage (32 of 81) and buried 13 of their 40 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Lakers converted 15 of 21 attempts for a rate of 71.4%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they earned 50 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 19 dimes for the game in addition to forcing 10 turnovers and having 3 steals. In the matter of the defense, Los Angeles let their opponent shoot 43.5% from the floor on 37 of 85 shooting. Phoenix earned 24 assists and had 12 steals in this matchup. On top of that, Phoenix snagged 49 rebounds (9 offensive, 40 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Phoenix finished shooting 76.2% at the free throw line by knocking down 16 of their 21 tries. They knocked down 10 of 35 shots from distance.
LeBron James is someone who was a major contributor for the contest. He ended up scoring 25 points on 10 of 21 shooting. He played 37:50 minutes and snagged 12 boards. James finished the game at 47.6% from the field and also dished out 6 assists. An additional guy that came through in the matchup for the Lakers was Dennis Schröder. He had 4 rebounds in his 32:05 min played. He ended up going 23.1% from the floor in this game by going 3-of-13 (8 points). In all, Schröder had 3 assists.
Los Angeles will enter this game with a win-loss record of 42-30 this season. The Lakers are shooting 35.4% on shots from downtown (796 of 2,248) and 73.9% from the free throw line. They have an average of 109.5 points per outing (22nd in the NBA) while going 47.2% from the floor. They are giving up possession 15.2 times per contest and as a unit are committing 19.1 fouls every game. As a team, Los Angeles is collecting 44.2 boards per game and has totaled 1,775 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 15th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Lakers are forcing 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 21.3 fouls. They are 13th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,776 relinquished this year. The Lakers defense is allowing a FG percentage of 46.0% (1,095 of 1,530) and they surrender 42.0 boards per game as a team. They are relinquishing 35.2% on shots from downtown and they are 2nd in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (106.8).
In their Game 4 win, the Suns snagged 40 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 49 for the contest. They also turned it over 10 times, while earning 12 steals for this game. The Lakers had 18 personal fouls in the game which took the Suns to the free throw line for 21 shots. They were able to make 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 76.2%. Pertaining to 3-point attempts, Phoenix knocked down 10 of 35 attempts (28.6%). In all, the Suns finished shooting 37 for 85 from the field which gave them a rate of 43.5%. The Suns permitted the Lakers to knock down 32 of their 81 attempts from the field which had them shooting 39.5% for this contest. They finished 32.5% from three-point range by shooting 13 of 40 and walked away from this one shooting 15 of 21 at the charity stripe (71.4%). When talking about rebounding, Phoenix permitted Los Angeles to get 50 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Chris Paul was important for the Suns for the contest. He knocked down 7 of 15 in this matchup for a rate of 46.7%, and earned 3 rebounds. Paul recorded 18 points in his 31:41 minutes on the hardwood and added 9 dimes in this contest. Someone else who was a determining factor for Phoenix was Devin Booker. He left the arena with 5 dimes in 39:18 mins on the court, and he knocked down 5 out of 14 from the floor. Booker wrapped this one up going 35.7% from the field while also contributing 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Phoenix has a win-loss mark of 51-21 this year. The Suns are committing 19.1 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 83.4% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.9 times per game (3rd in the NBA) and they are turning it over 12.5 times per game. Phoenix has 8,300 points on the year (115.3 per game) and they pull in 42.9 boards per contest. As an offense, the Suns are connecting on 49.0% from the floor, which is ranked 2nd in basketball. The Suns on the defensive end are ranked 7th in the league in PPG given up with 109.5. They have conceded 22.9 assists and 42.7 total rebounds per game, which is 4th and 9th in the league. The Phoenix defense concedes 35.4% on 3-pointers (836 of 2,359) and opponents are knocking down 77.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing 13.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 46.7% from the field (15th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+4.5)
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