Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Game 6 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 02, 2021

Trailing the Phoenix Suns 3-2, LeBron James could do something he's never done in the playoffs before: lose in the first round.

Phoenix
51-21
AT
June 03, 2021, 10:30 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
42-30
Pointspread +3 -110
Moneyline +123
Over / Under o +207.5

54%

Betting Action

46%

Pointspread -3 -110
Moneyline -153
Over / Under u +207.5

54%

Betting Action

46%

The defending champs are on the ropes as the Lakers will try to avoid elimination at home in L.A. on Thursday in Game 6.  Phoenix leads the first round series 3-2, after routing L.A. 115-85 in Game 5 on Tuesday.

The Lakers opened as 3-point favourites to win on the NBA odds with a total of 208.5.

Suns vs. Lakers NBA Playoff Odds

Phoenix looks poised to take this series.  They’ve won the last two games and held L.A. to under 100 points in both outings.  The Suns have hit the Over in nine of their last 11 games on the road, but the total has gone Under in four of five games this series.

The Lakers are hoping home court will keep them alive.  L.A. has won six of their last seven home games, but they split the two games they’ve already played at the Staples Center in this series.  Points have been hard to come by, so it’s not surprising to see that the total has gone Under in six of L.A.’s last seven games.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns are on a mission in this series and they showed it by putting Game 5 away early.  With the home crowd behind them, Phoenix dominated on both ends of the court in the first half and led 66-36 at the break.  Devin Booker was the catalyst offensively, putting up 18 points on 10 shots in the first quarter.  He would eventually finish the night with a game-high 30-points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Defensively, the Suns held LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma to just seven first-half points each, while keeping Dennis Schroder off the scoreboard entirely.

The major concern for Phoenix right now, is the shoulder of Chris Paul.  CP3 has looked visibly in pain after injuring his right shoulder earlier in the series and a hard run-in with L.A.’s Wesley Matthews in Game 5 had Paul on the ground for several minutes.  Paul stayed in the game to knock down two free-throws, before leaving.  He finished the night with nine points, four rebounds and six assists.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are in deep trouble if they don’t get Anthony Davis back in the lineup.  Davis was listed as a game-time decision for Game 5, but was eventually ruled out because of a groin injury he suffered in Game 4.  He’ll likely be another game-time decision on Thursday.  Markieff Morris was elevated to the starting lineup in Davis’ place for Game 5.  Morris was a non-factor, finishing with four points in 10 minutes of play.

In Game 6, James could do something he’s never done in the playoffs before: get eliminated in the first round.  Trailing by 30 points at half on Tuesday, it was the biggest halftime deficit of James’ 265 career playoff games.  This is also the first time in James’ career that he’s lost consecutive games in the first round.  It’s tough to bet against him, but it’s worth noting that James was dealing with an ankle sprain before the playoffs and it could still be bothering him.  He had a team-high 24 points, five rebounds and seven assists in Game 5.

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