In game three the Suns down 2-0 where desperate for a win and had to do something to overcome the fast scoring LA Lakers offense so they set up their own type if zone defense which normally would not have an affect on the LA Lakers but for some reason it did and they could not overcome it. This is one of the few times a zone defense has been seen in the NBA playoff even though it became legal to use a zone defense in the NBA starting in the 2001 – 2002 NBA Season. This should be having NBA Betting fans and the NBA Odds makers at taking a look at existing lines and odds.
Back in Phoenix will this zone defense continue to slow down the fast paced Lakers. The Lakers player don’t think it’s that hard to figure out, but we will witness that tonight and the question of what else will the Suns come up with to try and baffle the Lakers. Some from the Lakers have called the Suns new defense the “girly zone” and they, the Suns have remarked, if that’s what it takes to win then let it be the “girly zone.”
The Lakers are playing well with Kobe Bryant hitting 51.4 % of his shots and averaging 32 points per game in the series and Gasol is averaging 24 per game, but they need help from Artest and Odom who hit a combine 8 for 27 in Sunday’s game. The Lakers anticipating more of the “gimmick” defense spend money practicing on ways to attack same. Another interesting component of this playoff series, which may adversely affect the NBA Betting fans, and the NBA odds in this Fourth Game of the Series.
After game THREE it’s not surprising the Suns are expected to win game FOUR. When it comes to the backboards the Lakers and the Suns are about even in re-bounding with the Suns 44 – 43 for the Lakers, and that data will definitely be a factor on NBA betting and the NBA odds makers along with the shooting and 3 point leaders. In the shooting stats the Suns are expected to shoot 48 to the Lakers 47 % from the court also very close. For the 3 pointers thus far the Suns are completing 7.2 while the Lakers are making 6.4 of the 3 pointers from the court. Also very close are the turnover stats with the Lakers making 14.3 to the Suns 14.8 turnovers.
The LA Lakers and the Suns Stats:
The LA Lakers are: 57-25 SU, 34-46-2 ATS
The Suns are: 54-28 SU, 48-32-2 ATS
The LA Lakers lately:
While playing Tuesday’s they are 5-5
Before they played the Suns they were 8-2
After they played the Suns they are 7-3
After their last loss they are 7-3
The Suns lately:
While playing Tuesday’s they are 6-4
Before they played LA Lakers they were 7-3
After they played the LA Lakers they are 7-3
After their last win they are 7-3
The Next Game is:
The LA Lakers at home to the Suns, on Thursday, May 27
NBA Basketball Odds Makers have the lines at present for the Lakers -1 ½ and the Total Over/Under 221 and the LA LAKERS are -125 and the SUNS are +105 on the Money Line.