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Dan Hunter 26 May 2021
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Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Lakers Live Stream & Tips


The Phoenix Suns take on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of their best-of-seven Western Conference Playoffs First Round series on Thursday, May 27. Western Conference no.2 seeds Phoenix had a perfect start to this series when they won the opener 99-90 on Sunday. However the seventh-seeded Lakers were never going to be a pushover and they came straight back to win the second game 109-102 on Tuesday. 

In the first game the Lakers made a strong start and led after the first quarter but couldn’t maintain that level and were ultimately outworked by Phoenix. In the second game the Lakers again started strongly, but this time they held their ground and eked out a seven-point win to square the series. Anthony Davis shone for the Lakers and was the game’s top scorer with 35 points. 

The outcome of this game – and what’s left of this series – will largely depend on how much the Phoenix Suns truly believe they can defeat the reigning NBA Champions and 17-time winners the LA Lakers. I’m backing the Phoenix Suns to step up their level in game 3 and beat the LA Lakers by at least ten points in a matchup that will feature no more than 220 points. 

  • Phoenix finished 2nd in Western Conference
  • Phoenix were 48-19 this season
  • Lakers finished 7th in Western Conference
  • Lakers were 37-30 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. So far in their 2021 NBA Playoffs First Round series the score is one win apiece. 

Los Angeles Lakers Form


LeBron James is one of the greatest players ever to grace the NBA. He is currently the highest paid player in the sport of basketball, and is regarded as the LA Lakers no.1 player. For the first half of the 2021 season James played like their best player, until suffering an ankle injury that forced him off the court for 20 games. 

Since coming back the 36-year old has been a shadow of himself, and the reality is the Lakers are evolving as a team and relying less on James’s input. Can the Lakers maintain the level they performed at in game 2 of their series with the Phoenix Suns? With Anthony Davis now back to full fitness, they may have a chance. 

Phoenix Suns Form


This is the Phoenix Suns first appearance in the NBA Playoffs for a decade. It might be worth recalling that in the 2010 NBA Playoffs Phoenix got through the first two rounds by defeating Portland and San Antonio to reach the Western Conference Finals. There they then ran into the LA Lakers, and while Phoenix gave a good account of themselves, they eventually went down 4-2. The Lakers would go on to defeat the Boston Celtics in the NBA Championship Finals.

It would therefore make some poetic justice for Phoenix fans if the Suns were to eliminate the Lakers this time around. However, despite being the higher seeded team and having by far the better regular-season record, the players need to believe that as a team they are better than the Lakers, which takes some doing. If they can 100% believe in themselves, Phoenix could go all the way.  

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When is the Los Angeles Lakers @ Phoenix Suns match taking place?

Los Angeles Lakers @ Phoenix Suns takes place at 2:00 PM (AEDT) on Thursday, May 27

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Verdict

The Phoenix Suns and the LA Lakers are tied at one win each in their NBA Playoffs First Round series. While the Phoenix Suns are the no.2 seeds and were the second best team in the entire NBA this regular season, they are taking on the greatest team in NBA history, and the reigning champions.
 
There’s little doubt that as a team, Phoenix are better than the Lakers, but do they believe it? I’m backing the Phoenix Suns to start believing in themselves, step up their level and defeat the LA Lakers on Thursday by ten points or more in a matchup that will feature around 210 points or less.
Best Bet: Phoenix Winner @230.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Phoenix 11-15 Winning Margin @1400.0 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Over 211 Total Points @100.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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