Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 5/27/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (+7)
The Los Angeles Lakers (42-30) host the Phoenix Suns (51-21) at STAPLES Center on Thursday in Game 3 of their series. The series is tied 1-1. The spread on this game has Los Angeles as 7-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 210.5.
The Suns took a loss by a score of 109-102 in Game 2. Phoenix wrapped up the contest having earned a 46.5% field goal percentage (33 out of 71) and buried 8 out of their 26 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Suns converted 28 of their 30 attempts for a percentage of 93.3%. In regard to rebounding, they earned 31 with 4 of them being offensive. They also recorded 21 assists in the game as well as creating 7 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When discussing the defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to shoot 45.0% from the floor on 36 out of 80 shooting. Los Angeles earned 24 dimes and had 9 steals in the game. Furthermore, Los Angeles grabbed 39 boards (8 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 3 blocked shots. Los Angeles went 87.1% when shooting free throws by knocking down 27 of 31 attempts. They knocked down 10 out of their 33 shots from long range.
Devin Booker is a player who played a role for this game. He scored 31 points on 7 of 17 shooting. He played for 40:07 mins played and also snagged 1 rebound. Booker shot 41.2% from the floor and also dished out 3 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in this contest for the Suns was Deandre Ayton. He pulled down 10 rebounds in his 42:14 min played. He finished 84.6% from the floor in the game by shooting 11-of-13 (22 points). Overall, Ayton accounted for 1 assist.
Phoenix comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 51-21 this year. The Suns are hitting 37.8% on shots beyond the perimeter (940 of 2,490) and 83.4% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 115.3 pts per game (7th in basketball) on 49.0% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 12.5 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 19.1 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Phoenix is snagging 42.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,939 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 3rd in basketball in terms of passing. On defense, the Suns are able to force 13.6 turnovers per game while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 35.4% on 3-point attempts and they rank 7th in basketball in points per game allowed (109.5). The Suns defense is giving up a FG percentage of 46.7% (981 of 1,294) and they relinquish 42.7 rebounds per contest as a team. They are ranked 4th in the league in giving up assists with 1,652 relinquished this year.
In their Game 2 win, the Lakers earned 31 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 39 for this game. They turned the ball over 7 times, while getting 9 steals for this game. The Suns earned 23 personal fouls for the game which got the Lakers to the charity stripe for 31 tries. They were able to bury 27 of those for a percentage of 87.1%. In regard to shooting from 3-point land, Los Angeles converted 10 of 33 tries (30.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Lakers shot 36 out of 80 from the field which gave them a rate of 45.0%. The Lakers allowed the Suns to knock down 33 out of 71 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.5% for this contest. They shot 30.8% from beyond the arc by connecting on 8 of 26 and finished the game at 28 out of 30 from the free throw line (93.3%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Los Angeles allowed Phoenix to snag 31 in total (4 on the offensive side).
Anthony Davis ended up being a major contributor for the Lakers for the matchup. He buried 7 of 15 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 46.7%, and totaled 10 rebounds. Davis tallied 34 points in his 39:58 minutes on the court and totaled 7 assists for the game. An additional guy that was pivotal for Los Angeles was Dennis Schröder. He wrapped the game up with 3 assists in 33:30 minutes on the court, and he shot 8 out of 16 from the floor. Schröder ended the game having shot 50.0% from the field as well as collecting 24 points and 3 total rebounds.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 42-30 this season. Los Angeles has totaled 7,887 points for the year (109.5 per game) and they grab 44.2 rebounds per contest. The Lakers commit 19.1 fouls per contest and they go 73.9% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Lakers are shooting 47.2% from the field, which is 12th in basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 24.7 times per contest (15th in basketball) and they turn it over 15.2 times per game. The Lakers are ranked 2nd in the league in points per game surrendered with 106.8. They are forcing their opponents into 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.0% from the field (8th in the NBA). The Los Angeles defense gives up 35.2% on three-point shots (818 of 2,321) and opponents are connecting on 77.6% of their foul shots. They concede 24.7 assists and 42.0 boards every game, which is ranked 13th and 4th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-7)
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