Among Sunday’s NBA Playoffs action is a Game 4 matchup between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. After the Suns took Game 1 of this series, the Lakers have used back-to-back phenomenal performances from Anthony Davis to take a 2-1 lead. The reigning champs will aim to take firm control on their home floor this afternoon. This NBA betting preview for the Nuggets vs Trail Blazers NBA Playoffs matchup will provide game info, betting trends, odds and a prediction for Game 3 of this series.
Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers Game Info | NBA Playoffs
Western Conference First Round NBA Playoffs Game 4 (LAL lead 2-1)
Phoenix Suns (52-23, 24-13 Away) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (43-31, 23-15 Home)
Date: Sunday, May 30, 2021
Start Time: 3:30 p.m. EST
Venue: STAPLES Center — Los Angeles, CA
For a team that earned the 2-seed in the loaded Western Conference, the Suns drew about as undesirable a First Round matchup as one could imagine. The Lakers’ decision to coast through the regular season could result in an early postseason exit for Phoenix. That being said, the Suns certainly have to be excited about the performances they’ve gotten from some of their franchise cornerstones. Center Deandre Ayton posted a third straight double-double in the Game 3 loss, finishing with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Devin Booker was quieter on Thursday but still finished with 19 points and 6 assists. If Phoenix is to bounce back in this series, they desperately need veteran Chris Paul to pick it up. The point guard just hasn’t been the same since briefly exiting Game 1 with a shoulder injury.
After Thursday, it seems fair to question whether the Lakers have more than just a ‘Big Two’. For the second consecutive game, Dennis Schroder went off, scoring 20 points and dishing 4 assists. Along with a double-double effort from Anthony Davis and the best performance we’ve seen yet this postseason from LeBron James, L.A. was able to cruise to a 2-1 series lead. The Lakers are now firmly in the driver’s seat as NBA betting favorites with Game 4 also being on their home floor. Defense was a major catalyst on their way to winning an NBA championship last season, and Los Angeles is proving its metal on the defensive end once again in this series as well.
NBA Betting Odds
Moneyline: PHX: (+220) | LAL: (-275)
Spread: PHX: +6.5 (-110) | LAL: -6.5 (-110)
Total: 209.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Suns vs Lakers Betting Trends
- Suns are 6-2-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last nine NBA Playoffs games as a betting underdog.
- Lakers are 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games as an NBA betting favorite.
- Lakers are 0-7 ATS in their last seven games following an outright win of 10 points or more.
- Over is 9-1 in the Suns’ last 10 road games.
- Under is 7-1 in the Lakers’ last 10 games following an outright win of 10 points or more.
- Suns are just 2-6 ATS in their last eight head-to-head matchups against the Lakers in Los Angeles.
Suns vs Lakers Prediction
This NBA prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Los Angeles a 56.5% chance to win Game 4 of this NBA Playoffs matchup.
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