Game 1 of the series of the first round between the Phoenix suns and the Los Angeles Lakers was a shock. Both teams had less than 100 points, and the Lakers’ stars are both well below their season scoring averages. Chris Paul also suffered a puzzling shoulder injury that forced him to the locker room, which could affect him in Tuesday’s second game. There is an air of unpredictability before this rematch.
Below is an overview of a number of predictions ahead of DAY night’s game for the Free $ 5,000 DraftKings Pools – Playoff Edition (PHX-LAL).
Which team will cover the spread? Lakers -1.5 or suns +1.5
The winning team will almost certainly cover the spread, and the Lakers are in good health heading into Game 2 of the series. Paul’s limitations should make it difficult for Phoenix to come back into the picture. The Lakers should cover and secure a win.
Total points scored? N / U 208.5
There is too much firepower in this game for the score to be as low as in Game 1. The total has topped in 10 of the Lakers’ last 14 road games against Phoenix. The total has also topped in nine of the Suns’ last 11 home games. LeBron James and Anthony Davis’ rebounding games should help achieve that goal. The duo scored just 31 points out of 37.9% of shots last week.
Which team will reach 30 points first? Suns or Lakers
The Suns have one of the best scoring margins of the first quarter and have led with an average of 2.5 points after the first frame of this year. The home field advantage should benefit the Suns, who led for all four quarters of the first game. The Lakers have been slow to start this season so I expect the Suns to hold the lead for a quarter.
Which team will score the most 3 points? Suns or Lakers
Los Angeles and Phoenix struggled from top to bottom in Game 1, but the Suns averaged more triples and concealed themselves at a higher pace than the Lakers. Three Phoenix starters are shooting the long ball at 38 percent or better, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the only Lakers starter who is above the league average. Phoenix 3D specialists should help him get ahead of Los Angeles.
Who will have the most points, rebounds and assists? Anthony Davis or Deandre Ayton?
Ayton outscored Davis in Game 1, but Davis is expected to play a rebounding game after a horrific series opener. Having a points advantage will be important here, and Davis will be the first or second option on offense, while Ayton will likely follow Paul and Booker. Ayton’s total for points, rebounds and assists is set at 26.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook, while Davis’s is 35.5. The Lakers have their backs against the wall and are sure to play their star power as often as possible to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole.
Devin Booker total points: Plus or minus 28.5
Booker scored a high 34 points in Game 1, but was generally bottled up against Los Angeles. He’s averaged just 21 points per game in three games against the Lakers in the regular season, and only five teams limited him to less than that. The best defense in the NBA is not to be underestimated and is likely to make adjustments to slow Booker down and keep him under 29 points.
LeBron James total points, rebounds, assists: over / under 41.5
James almost hit that mark with points alone in his only regular-season game against the Suns. He racked up 38 points against Phoenix in that game. James typically elevates his game in the playoffs and accumulates 35 points, rebounds and assists despite just six field goals in Game 1. He will certainly be a triple-double threat in Game 2 and should strike the top with a performance. average. .
Chris Paul total assists: over / under 8.5
Paul handed out eight pennies despite the shoulder injury he sustained in Game 1 and might be even more prone to pass while dealing with discomfort in Game 2. He averaged 11 assists. per game through three games against the NBA’s best defense during the regular season. . I like his chances of building on his performance from last week and going above it.
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