|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Los Angeles Lakers||-1.5 (-110)
|O 208 (-115)
|Phoenix Suns||+1.5 (-110)
|U 208 (-105)
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|The Phoenix Suns showed off their youthful vigor in Game 1, but the Los Angeles Lakers stars are unlikely to have back-to-back poor showings. Expect to see a big night from Anthony Davis and LeBron James.|
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|Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Information|
|Teams||Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns|
|Location||Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, Arizona|
|Time||10:00 PM EST, May 25th, 2021|
|How to Watch||TNT|
|Los Angeles Lakers||Head-to-Head||Phoenix Suns|
|Frank Vogel||Head Coach||Monty Williams|
|42-30 (7th in West)||Standing||51-21 (2nd in West)|
|109.9 (24th of 30)||Off Rtg||117.2 (5th of 30)|
|107.1 (1st of 30)||Def Rtg||111.3 (9th of 30)|
|98.7 (16th of 30)||Pace||97.2 (26th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|L. James (25.0)||PPG||D. Booker (25.6)|
|A. Drummond (10.2)||RPG||D. Ayton (10.5)|
|L. James (7.8)||APG||C. Paul (8.9)|
|A. Davis (1.3)||SPG||C. Paul (1.4)|
|A. Davis (1.6)||BPG||D. Ayton (1.2)|
|M. Harrell (.622)/L. James (9.4)||FG%/FGM||D. Ayton (.626)/D. Booker (9.3)|
|K. Caldwell-Pope, M. Gasol (.410)/L. James (2.3)||3P%/3PM||C. Payne (.440)/J. Crowder (2.5)|
The Phoenix Suns are filled will skilled passers and shot-makers, while also presenting a more than capable defensive unit. They need to improve on their own three-point shooting, while maintaining their defensive intensity against Los Angeles’ shooters.
In Game 1 the Suns shot just 32.1% from three, hitting nine of 28 three point attempts. Defensively, the Suns held the Lakers to 26.9% shooting from three while allowing them just seven made three-pointers.
Phoenix should expect a more aggressive Lakers team in Game 2. So for the Suns to take Game 2, they’ll need to focus on improving their own offensive efficiency.
? Devin Booker: most points in a playoff debut in Suns history pic.twitter.com/Pq0plRRH5x
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) May 23, 2021
For many years fans have wondered if Devin Booker can find success with the Phoenix Suns. In Game 1 against the Lakers he showed that he’ll do more than succeed, he’ll be the star.
Booker posted 34 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds in his most recent game against the Lakers. He can still improve though, especially in the ball control department as he had six turnovers on the evening.
Booker will be looked at to score again in Game 2. The Lakers are surely going to focus in on him even more defensively, so he’ll need to show efficiency with his playmaking.
The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t the up-and-down team that you expect from LeBron James-led units. Instead they like to play in halfcourt, where the results are inconsistent.
In Game 1 against the Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers shot a passable 43.4% from the field on a low 76 attempts in the game. They didn’t have a single 20-point scorer, despite featuring ten different players.
If the Lakers want to win Game 2 against the Suns, they need to be more aggressive on the scoring side. The Suns can score in bunches and the Lakers need to be able to stay involved.
Fire Away ☄️ pic.twitter.com/Jq5nbiQRrk
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) May 23, 2021
The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t quite looking like the championship team that they were touted to be. Central to their struggles is Anthony Davis, who isn’t living up to expectations after Game 1.
In Game 1 Davis posted just 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and three blocks. He’s always a presence on the defensive end, but on a team that is light on scoring options he needs to be more aggressive.
Davis is just too passive at times for the Lakers and he needs to challenge DeAndre Ayton on the defensive side of the ball. As soon as Davis can find his range offensively, the Lakers can put up a better fight against the Suns.
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