Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 5/30/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Sunday, May 30, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (+6.5)
The Los Angeles Lakers (42-30) play the Phoenix Suns (51-21) at STAPLES Center on Sunday in Game 4 of their series. The Lakers lead 2-1. The spread on this contest has Los Angeles as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 211.5.
The Suns went home with a loss by a final score of 109-95 in Game 3. Phoenix finished the contest having earned a 42.7% field goal percentage (35 out of 82) and buried 11 of their 29 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Suns buried 14 of 18 tries for a rate of 77.8%. In regard to grabbing boards, they collected 35 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 24 assists for the matchup as well as forcing 20 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In terms of the defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to shoot 44.2% from the floor on 38 out of 86 shooting. Los Angeles dished out 19 dimes and had 10 steals in this contest. On top of that, Los Angeles totaled 51 rebounds (15 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Los Angeles walked away from this one shooting 86.7% from the free throw line by making 26 of their 30 shots. They knocked down 7 of 28 attempts from distance.
Deandre Ayton is someone who was a factor for this game. He scored 22 points on 11 out of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 41:11 minutes and grabbed 11 rebounds. Ayton finished shooting 73.3% from the field but wasn't able to get a dime. An additional guy that had an impact in this game for the Suns was Devin Booker. He pulled down 4 rebounds in 41:21 minutes on the basketball court. He finished 31.6% from the field in the game by going 6-of-19 (19 points). When this game wrapped up, Booker had 6 assists.
Phoenix heads into this contest with a mark of 51-21 for the campaign. They average 115.3 points per game (7th in the NBA) while connecting on 49.0% from the field. The Suns are connecting on 37.8% on shots from 3-point land (940 of 2,490) and 83.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling in 42.9 boards per game and has accounted for 1,939 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 3rd in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 12.5 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 19.1 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end of the court, the Suns are forcing 13.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.0 fouls. They are currently ranked 4th in the league in allowing assists with 1,652 surrendered for the campaign. The Suns defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 46.7% (981 of 1,294) and they relinquish 42.7 boards per contest as a unit. They give up 35.4% from beyond the arc and they rank 7th in the league in points per game allowed (109.5).
In their Game 3 win, the Lakers were able to corral 36 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 51 in this contest. They turned it over 20 times, while earning 10 steals in the matchup. The Suns were called for 24 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Lakers to the free throw line for a total of 30 shots. They were able to convert 26 of the free throws for a clip of 86.7%. In regard to shots from downtown, Los Angeles converted 7 of their 28 tries (25.0%). In all, the Lakers finished the game shooting 38 out of 86 from the floor which had them shooting 44.2%. The Lakers permitted the Suns to convert 35 of their 82 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.7% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 37.9% from behind the 3-point line via 11 out of 29 and ended up shooting 14 of 18 from the free throw line (77.8%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Los Angeles allowed Phoenix to snag 35 in all (8 offensive).
Anthony Davis ended up having an impact for the Lakers in the game. He converted 11 of 22 for this game giving him a rate of 50.0%, and had 11 rebounds. Davis had 34 points in his 40:20 minutes of playing time, but didn't get an assist. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Los Angeles was LeBron James. He finished this one with 9 dimes in 37:45 mins on the court, and he shot 9 of 19 from the floor. James ended up shooting 47.4% from the field and also notching 21 points and 6 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a win-loss mark of 42-30 for the campaign. On the offensive side of the court, the Lakers are shooting 47.2% from the field, which is 12th in the league. Los Angeles has tallied 7,887 pts on the campaign (109.5 per game) and they average 44.2 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 24.7 times per contest (15th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 15.2 times per contest. The Lakers are committing 19.1 personal fouls per game and they connect on 73.9% from the charity stripe. The Lakers on the defensive end are ranked 2nd in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 106.8. The Los Angeles defense gives up 35.2% on shots from 3-point land (818 of 2,321) and opponents are making 77.6% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 24.7 assists and 42.0 boards on a nightly basis, which is 13th and 4th in basketball. They are able to force 15.2 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.0% from the floor (8th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-6.5)
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