And now the most interesting NBA betting odds series in the basketball betting right now is a best of three series. After getting embarrassed in Game 1 and Game 2 blowouts in LA-LA Land the Suns are now en fuego winning Game 3 –and most recently Game 4- in the Valley of the Sun.
Last night los Suns proved to the NBA betting world that this team is no joke by handing the defending NBA betting odds champion Lakers yet another beat down in a well played 115-105 victory.
Yet this was no ordinary NBA betting victory, nor was it the type of win that most sports betting fans would expect. Unlike Game 3 when the Suns were brilliant, Steve Nash was handing out assists like nobody’s business and Amare Stoudemire scorched the Lakers’ D for 43 points, in Game 4 Nash was held to just 8 assists and the big guy scored only 21 points.
If you were to tell those numbers to any self-respecting NBA betting fan (8 assists from Nash, 21 points from Stoudemire) -add to that the fact that only three Suns starters scored in double digits during this NBA odds contest (Jason Richardson 11 points, Nash 15 points, Stoudemire 21 points), and the throw in the fact that Kobe lit the Suns defense up for 38 points- there is no way that you expect this NBA playoff betting matchup to end in a Suns victory.
But that’s exactly the sports betting outcome that resulted.
One quick glance at the box score reveals the difference in this NBA betting matchup: bench scoring.
Phoenix bench exploded against a Lakers team that seemed confused on defense scoring a total of 54 points –phenomenal considering the starters combined to score just 61 points. Channing Frye was tremendous from beyond the arc going 4-8 on his 3-point attempts (14 points) and Leonardo Barbosa added 14 points and Jared Dudley 11 more.
That the Suns could notch an NBA betting win without a monster game from either Nash or Stoudemire says quite a lot about this team.
With the Suns 3-point prowess (.367 in Game 4) it can more than compensate for an off by its stars and that’s something the Lakers learned the hard way last night.