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Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers Predictions & Tips - Suns To End Lakers' Reign

  • Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers predictions for Thursday
  • Suns-Lakers to tip-off at 03:00 BST (Friday) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
  • Phoenix won Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead
  • Suns tipped to knock out defending champions in LA
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Leigh Copson 03 Jun 2021
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Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers Predictions & Tips


Phoenix can dump out the defending champions and advance here.

The Suns took full advantage of Anthony Davis’ absence to blow out Los Angeles in Game 5.

Davis may appear here but he may not be 100%, and Phoenix could take full advantage of that.

  • Phoenix Suns lead this series 3-2
  • Phoenix Suns are 5-3 vs Los Angeles Lakers this season
  • Phoenix Suns are 4-0 vs Los Angeles Lakers in games Anthony Davis did not play or did not complete
  • Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker has +27.5 points in all 3 playoff wins over Los Angeles Lakers
  • Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis is questionable with a groin strain
  • Los Angeles Lakers have failed to reach 100 points in 3 of the 5 games in this series so far

Head To Head


  • Los Angeles Lakers lead the all-time series 186-136
  • Los Angeles Lakers lead the all-time playoffs series 40-27

Phoenix Suns Form & Team News


Phoenix hold a 3-2 lead in the series and get their first chance to wrap it up on Thursday.

The Suns won 99-90 in Game 1 thanks to standout performances from Devin Booker (34 points) and Deandre Ayton (16 rebounds).

Booker (31 points) and Ayton (22 points, 10 rebounds) impressed again in Game 2 but could not prevent a 109-102 defeat.

The pair were then slowed by that tough LA defence as the Lakers took the third game, 109-95.

Booker struggled again for points in Game 4, but Ayton dominated in the paint with 17 rebounds and an all-round team effort was enough to lift Phoenix to a series-tying 100-92 win.

They then took full advantage of Anthony Davis’ absence to blow out the Lakers in Game 5.

Booker led the team with 30 points as Phoenix stormed to a dominant 115-85 win.

Chris Paul is set to feature again for the Suns despite continued problems with his shoulder.

Abdel Nader will definitely sit this one out due to a knee injury he sustained back in March.

Los Angeles Lakers Form & Team News


Los Angeles’ chances of advancing took a huge blow when Anthony Davis went down injured.

Davis had a quiet night as the Lakers dropped Game 1 in Phoenix, 99-90.

He burst into life in Games 2 & 3 though, following up a 34-point, 10-rebound game with 34 more points and 11 more rebounds.

Those two displays inspired LA to 109-102 and 109-95 wins over the Suns.

Davis suffered a groin strain in Game 4 and the Lakers felt his absence quickly as Phoenix won 100-92 in LA.

AD then sat out Game 5 and the Suns ran riot in a 115-85 victory.

Los Angeles know one more defeat will end their season and Davis is questionable for Game 6.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) should be available after overcoming a knee problem to play in Game 5.

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Verdict

Phoenix have dominated the Lakers when Anthony Davis has not been on the court this season.

Davis could feature here, but he may not be at 100% and if that is the case then the Suns could leave LA with a place in the next round.

Best Bet: Phoenix +2.0 Spread @-111.11 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: +27.5 & Phoenix Devin Booker Points & Win @213.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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