After having almost a week off in NBA Playoffs betting, the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers get back to playing basketball on Monday in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The Lakers are better than 3-1 favorites to win the best-of-seven series and return to the NBA Finals. Los Angeles took three of four from the Suns during the regular basketball betting season and their big front line of Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom was a big reason why. It also helps when you have the best player in the world in Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers are 6-point favorites on Monday with a total of 210.5 at SBG Global Sportsbook.
The Lakers will look to pound the ball inside in this series while the Suns will look to run and gun. “The more we spread the floor and the more we can be in early offense, the better off we are,” said Suns coach Alvin Gentry. The Suns were the top three-point shooting team in the league this season so they will try and pull the Lakers away from the basket. That might be easier said than done since the Lakers had the best three-point defense in the league this season. “We are an excellent perimeter shooting team and we got to find a way to get those guys away from the basket,” said Gentry.
The Suns and the NBA playoffs betting fans are hoping that center Robin Lopez is ready for Monday’s game. He has not played in a game that meant anything since late March. The Suns need Lopez to counter some of the size of the Lakers. “You can’t have them just pound you on the offensive boards,” said Gentry.
Phoenix has been a very good team getting points recently. Before looking at the NBA odds the bettor should take into account some trends. The Suns are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog. Phoenix has been solid on the road going 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Suns are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings against the Lakers.
The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall but they have struggled at home going 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 home games. The Lakers are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 Monday games.
Looking at the total, the Under is 7-1-1 in the Suns last 9 road games. The Over is 3-0-1 in the Lakers last 4 overall. The Over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles between the two teams.