History is definitely not on the side of the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. In Game 1 of the series on Monday the Suns were blown out 128-107 by the Lakers. Phil Jackson coached teams are 46-0 when they win the first game of a series. The Lakers are favored in the NBA playoffs odds to make it two straight on Wednesday night.
The Lakers are 6.5 point favorites with a total of 215 at SBG Global Sportsbook.
The Suns were trying to be positive even though they were completely dominated in Game 1. “Some of the things we game-planned for, we actually did well,” said Phoenix guard Steve Nash, “We just didn’t hit shots. We want to cut down on their transitions and create some easier stuff for ourselves, but some of the things they did, you’ve just got to tip your hat to.” The Suns allowed the Lakers to hit 58 percent of their shots and when that happens, the Lakers are going to win most of the time. Kobe Bryant had 40 points to lead the Lakers while Lamar Odom had 19 points and 19 rebounds. The Suns had absolutely no answer for Kobe. “The shots he made, we could run anybody at him.” Phoenix head coach Alvin Gentry said, “It doesn’t matter. He’s going to make them. The shot he made at the end of the first quarter, that’s what I’m talking about. That’s why they pay him $30 million a year. I think he’s the best finisher that ever played.”
The Lakers were not getting too excited about their Game 1 win. Head coach Phil Jackson believes the team can play a lot better and guard Derek Fisher was worried about the pace of the game. “Sometimes we played a little bit too fast,” Fisher said. “Something we want to come back to in Game 2 is making sure Pau and Drew and Ron and Kobe get their opportunities inside to test their D. That’s where we’re difficult for teams to guard.”
Here are the NBA betting stats for Wednesday’s game. The Suns are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 playoff games as an underdog. The Suns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Conference Finals games. The Suns are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Finals games.
The Over is 4-1 in the Suns last 5 overall but the Under is 7-2-1 in the Suns last 10 road games. The Over is 4-0-1 in the Lakers last 5 overall. The Over is 4-0 in the Lakers last 4 home games. The Under is 9-3 in the Lakers last 12 Conference Finals games. The Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles between the two teams. Are you ready for some NBA Playoffs betting action?