Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Game 4 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 29, 2021

After taking a 2-1 series lead on Thursday, LeBron James and the L.A. Lakers have a chance to put the Phoenix Suns on the brink of elimination with a win on Sunday afternoon.

Phoenix
51-21
AT
May 30, 2021, 3:30 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
42-30
Pointspread +6.5 -110
Moneyline +250
Over / Under o +209.5

44%

Betting Action

56%

Pointspread -6.5 -110
Moneyline -310
Over / Under u +209.5

44%

Betting Action

56%

The stars were shining in L.A. on Thursday, as LeBron James and Anthony Davis powered the Lakers to a 109-95 win in Game 3 of their best-of-seven series against the Phoenix Suns.  In a bizarre stat, because of last year’s playoff bubble, it was actually the defending NBA champion Lakers’ first playoff win at the Staples Center since 2012.

Up 2-1 in the series, L.A. is a 6.5-point home favourite on the NBA odds to win Game 4.  The total is set at 209.5.

Suns vs. Lakers NBA Playoff Odds

With tight defensive play, the Over hasn’t hit in any game of this series and Sports Interaction bettors are split almost exactly down the middle on the Over/Under for Game 4.  That split is replicated for the winner of this game, with a slight majority of bettors taking the Lakers.

Phoenix puts points up when they’re on the road.  Thursday was the first time in the Suns’ last 10 road games, they haven’t hit the Over.  It makes sense, as they tend to struggle at the Staples Center, dropping seven of their last eight games in L.A.  Although they’re a higher seed than the Lakers, Phoenix is currently a +500 underdog to win the series.

The Lakers have come on strong at the end of the year and have now won eight of their last nine games.  They’re on a six-game home winning streak and they’re a -1000 favourite to win the series.  Eight of L.A.’s last 12 games against Phoenix have gone Under the total, while four of their last five games overall have also fallen short of the number.

Phoenix Suns

Phoenix needs a win in Game 4 to retake home court advantage in this series.  Deandre Ayton did all he could, but his team-high 22 points and game-high 11 rebounds weren’t enough in the Game 3 loss.  The rest of the Suns’ big players struggled throughout the game.  Chris Paul hasn’t been the same since suffering a shoulder injury in Game 1.  He played limited minutes in Game 2 and Game 3 and finished with just seven points, six assists, five rebounds and a game-low minus-20 point differential on Thursday.  Devin Booker wasn’t much better.  After hitting the 30-point mark in back-to-back games, Booker finished Game 3 with 19 points on 6-of-19 shooting and fouled out.

Los Angeles Lakers

After a brutal 13-point performance in Game 1, Davis put up his second straight 30+ point game on Thursday, finishing with 34 points and 11 rebounds.  It’s that rebounding performance that made the difference in Game 3.  L.A. outrebounded the Suns 51-35 on Thursday, including 15-8 on the offensive glass.  They also outscored Phoenix 58-38 in the paint.  James was also on top of his game, adding 21 points, nine assists and six rebounds.  Outscoring the Suns 33-23 in the third quarter, James and Davis combined for 28 points in the period, their most points of any quarter (regular season or playoffs) since becoming teammates.

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