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Lakers vs. Suns NBA Betting Odds, Picks & Prediction for NBA Playoffs Game 2 | Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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Game 1 of this Lakers vs. Suns series had a little bit of everything, from Chris Paul overcoming an injury to tensions boiling over and even an ejection. Phoenix held on for the win and will now look to hold serve tonight as short NBA betting home underdogs before the series shifts to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4. This Lakers vs. Suns NBA betting picks preview will explore the best NBA betting odds, provide some key betting trends and offer the top NBA picks and predictions for the game.

Lakers vs. Suns NBA Betting Preview: NBA Picks & Odds

Lakers vs. Suns Game Info

NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals Game 2 (PHX leads 1-0)
Los Angeles Lakers (42-30, 21-15 Away) vs. Phoenix Suns (51-21, 27-9 Home)
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Time: 10 p.m. EST
Venue: Phoenix Suns Arena — Phoenix, Ariz.
Coverage: TNT

The big headline coming into this series for the Lakers was the health of LeBron James. After missing the vast majority of the back half of the season with an ankle injury, it was reported that James is still not 100%. Well, he nearly had a triple-double in Game 1, finishing with 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. While those aren’t necessarily the numbers expected from James in the playoffs, it’s still a solid line against a top-notch defensive team. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, Anthony Davis struggled mightily in Game 1, scoring just 13 points. He will need to be a whole lot better if the reigning champs are to advance.

For those who doubted that the Suns are for real, they had their answer after Game 1. The franchise’s two young stars sparkled in the win. Devin Booker did it all, finishing with 34 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, center Deandre Ayton dropped in 21 points to go along with 16 boards. Ayton has been plagued by inconsistency all season, but he thoroughly outplayed Davis in Game 1. Chris Paul had to be taken to the locker room with an apparent shoulder injury but returned to the court later on. He still dished eight assists and, when asked about his status for Tuesday night, said that he would absolutely be ready to go.

NBA betting odds picks trends Lakers vs Suns NBA Playoffs moneyline parlay total over/under LeBron James ANthony Davis Chris Paul Devin Booker

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Using Awesemo’s OddsShopper Tool, we can easily compare the NBA odds for Lakers vs. Suns NBA Playoffs betting across the major sportsbooks. The odds outlined below are from 12 p.m. EST on May 25, so make sure to check out the OddsShopper tool yourself to get the most up-to-date odds.


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NBA Odds: Moneyline

  • Lakers: (-120) — BetMGM
  • Suns: (+114) — FanDuel

NBA Odds: Spread

  • Lakers: -1.5 (-110) — BetMGM
  • Suns: +2 (-110) — FanDuel, PointsBet, William Hill

NBA Odds: Total

  • Over: 209.5 (-110) — BetMGM
  • Under: 210 (-105) — PointsBet

Lakers vs. Suns NBA Betting Trends

  • Lakers are just 1-5 ATS in their last six games.
  • Suns are 5-0 SU in their last five home games.
  • Lakers are just 2-4 ATS in their last six head-to-head matchups against the Suns.
  • Suns are 5-1 ATS in their last six games played on a Tuesday.
  • The total has gone under in four of the Lakers’ last six games.
  • Over has hit in nine of the Suns’ last 11 games.

Lakers vs. Suns Prediction

It was far from a pretty performance from the defending NBA champs in Game 1, to say the least. Just the fact that the NBA betting odds consider them to be slim favorites ahead of Game 2 is noteworthy. The Suns have been virtually unbeatable at home all season, which makes a plus-money ticket on Phoenix to win outright rather appealing in terms of value. As far as a preferred NBA picks option on this game, taking the under at the best available number seems like the way to go. Both the Lakers and Suns were two of the top-scoring defenses this season. Neither team plays with a next-level pace either, with Phoenix in particularly ranking 26th in possessions per game on the season. Game 1 was a grinder, and the rest of the series will probably follow suit, regardless of which team ultimately emerges victorious.

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Prediction: Under 210


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