Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns Game 5 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 31, 2021

This series is down to a best-of-three, as all the pressure shifts to whichever team drops Tuesday's Game 5.

L.A. Lakers
42-30
AT
June 01, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Phoenix
51-21
Pointspread +5 -110
Moneyline +167
Over / Under o +209

43%

Betting Action

57%

Pointspread -5 -110
Moneyline -200
Over / Under u +209

43%

Betting Action

57%

Strap in for a long series.  After originally being listed as questionable for Phoenix on Sunday, Chris Paul not only played, he led the Suns to a 100-92 win to draw even with the L.A. Lakers in their first round series.  Tied 2-2 in the series, these teams are set to meet at least two more times before a winner is declared.

Phoenix is a 5.5.-point home favourite on the NBA odds to win Game 5.  The total is set at 207.

Lakers vs. Suns NBA Playoff Odds

It’s tough to bet against LeBron James and it shows, as Sports Interaction bettors are split down the middle on taking Phoenix or L.A.  With such a low total, there’s more consensus on the Over/Under, with 75 per cent of bettors banking on a high scoring game.  It’s worth noting, however, that these teams have failed to hit the Over in all four games of this series.

The Lakers failed to hit the Over on the road in Game 1 or Game 2, but it’s worth noting they’ve actually gone above the mark in 11 of their last 25 games in Phoenix.  They’re now 13-6 straight up in their last 19 games against the Suns.  Despite currently being +148 underdogs to win this series, L.A. still has the second-best odds to win the Western Conference at +225.  The defending champs also have the third-best odds of winning this year’s championship at +500.  Ironically, their Western Conference odds and NBA Championship odds are both better than Phoenix’s.

For the most part, the Suns have had low scoring games against L.A., recently.  The total has gone Under in nine of Phoenix’s last 13 games against the Lakers.  The Suns’ odds to win the series have dropped, but they’re still a -182 favourite.  They’re at +900 to win the Western Conference and +2000 to win the NBA Championship.

Los Angeles Lakers

The story for Game 5 will be Anthony Davis‘ status.  He was a game-time decision for Game 4 as he dealt with a sprained knee, and while he ended up playing, he left in the first half with a groin strain.  Davis is listed as doubtful for Game 5 on Tuesday, but it’s worth monitoring his status as we get closer to tip-off.

James had to do a little bit of everything in Davis’ absence on Sunday, finishing with a game-high 25 points to go along with 12 rebounds and six assists.  L.A.’s bench scoring  did as much as they could, but when Marc Gasol‘s 12-point night is the second-highest player-total on your team, it’s generally not a good game.  The Lakers do, however, have the luxury of Gasol, Andre Drummond, Montrezl Harrell and Davis as big bodies to win the gritty fights in the paint as this series moves on.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns opted for a balanced attack rather than relying solely on stars like Devin Booker or Deandre Ayton in Game 4 and it worked.  Six players hit double-digit points, including Booker, who had 17 points and seven rebounds, as well as Ayton, who finished with 14 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.  It was Chris Paul though, who led the team with 18 points and nine assists.  It was a bit of historic night for Paul, as he moved to 17th on the NBA’s all-time playoff assist list and to 18th on the all-time playoff steals list.

Ayton is continuing to have a strong series in his first career NBA postseason.  Prior to Sunday, Ayton was averaging 21.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per game on 82.1 per cent shooting from the field and he’s finished with a double-double in every game of this series.

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