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Dan Hunter 22 May 2021
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Los Angeles Lakers @ Phoenix Suns Live Stream & Tips


The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Phoenix Suns in the first game of their best-of-seven Western Conference Playoffs First Round series. This is a genuine heavyweight clash between the most successful team in NBA history – the LA Lakers - and the second best team during the 2021 regular season (and this writer’s pick to go all the way) – the Phoenix Suns. 

The Lakers have had an extremely rocky regular season in 2021. However, now they are in the playoffs, no other group of players has had more “Big Game” experience, or more success. By comparison, the Suns are still chasing a first NBA Championship, and last reached the playoffs in 2010. However, the Suns have played superbly this year, and were one win off finishing top of the NBA League – an honor that went to the Utah Jazz.  

Last season, the LA Lakers were crowned NBA Champions for the 17th time, equalling the record set by the Boston Celtics. However, what sets them apart from Boston in the “greatness stakes” is the Lakers have reached a total of 32 championship finals, compared to just 21 by the Celtics. The Golden State Warriors are third with six championships from 11 finals, while the 4th-placed Chicago Bulls reached six NBA finals and won all six.

Phoenix are the no.2 seeds in the Western Conference Playoffs, with the Lakers seeded 7th. Los Angeles had to play the Golden State Warriors in a one-off Play-in game in order to secure their playoff berth, only winning by 103-100. Now they take on Phoenix in a best-of seven series of games, with the winner progressing to the Conference Semifinals were they will take on the winner of the series between third seeds Denver and Portland seeded 6th. 

I’m backing the Phoenix Suns to make a strong start to these playoffs by defeating the LA Lakers by less than ten points in a matchup that will feature no more than 220 points. 

  • Lakers 7th in Western Conference
  • Lakers 37-30 this season 
  • Phoenix 2nd in Western Conference
  • Phoenix 48-19 this season

Head to Head


The LA Lakers and the Phoenix Suns have played each other 255 times in regular-season NBA games. The Lakers currently lead that head-to-head by 146 wins to 109. In their ten most recent matches over the past three seasons, the Lakers lead 7-3. However, in 2021 the score is 2-1 to the Phoenix Suns. Phoenix defeated LA at the start of March by 114-104, and again later that month by 111-94, while the Lakers won their most recent match, defeating Phoenix 123-110 in May. 

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Earlier this week, the LA Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors 103-100 in the first ever Western Conference Play-in game. The Lakers had finished seventh in the Western Conference and Golden State eighth. The ninth and 10th ranked teams also took part in a Play-in game, with the Memphis Grizzlies defeating the San Antonio Spurs 100-96. On Saturday, Golden State take on Memphis in the final WC Play-in game, with the winner gaining entrance into the playoffs as the eighth seeds.

The Lakers finished the regular season with a record of 42 wins against 30 defeats for a 0.583 win percentage. Last season at this stage, Lakers had a 52-19 record in a reduced regular-season for a far superior win percentage of 0.732. As we know, the Lakers went on to win the NBA Championships, but if they could do the same this year after such a mediocre regular-season, it would be an incredible achievement.

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This will be the first time that the Phoenix Suns have reached the NBA Playoffs since the 2009-10 season. Ironically, after winning two rounds of the 2010 NBA Playoffs by defeating Portland and San Antonio, Phoenix ran into the LA Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, losing that series 4-2. The Lakers would go on to defeat the Boston Celtics in the NBA Championship Finals.

This time around, these teams are meeting in the first round, with Phoenix seeded second behind the Utah Jazz and the Lakers seeded seventh. However, despite being the higher seeded team and having the better regular-season record, there will be greater expectation on the Lakers to succeed than Phoenix, which is a great situation for the Suns to be in. With the pressure off them, Phoenix should be able to perform at their best.

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Verdict

This time last year, when the LA Lakers were on their way to a 17th NBA Championships, the Phoenix Suns’ players’ season was over, having only finished tenth in the Western Conference. Fast-forward a year, and the Phoenix players are in dreamland, competing in their first NBA playoffs for more than a decade, and taking on the greatest team of all time.

Hopefully, the occasion won’t get to them because I’m backing Phoenix to make a positive start to this First Round playoff series with a hard-fought win over the Lakers. The Suns will take this game by a margin of less than 10 points, in a matchup that will feature less than 220 points.
Best Bet: Phoenix Winner @-140.85 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Phoenix 6-10 Winning Margin @400.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Over 213 Total Points @100.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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