The Phoenix Suns made things interesting in the Western Conference Finals, winning both games at home to tie the series at two games a piece heading back into Los Angeles for Game 5. The Suns and Lakers will get at it tonight (May 27th) for Game 5, with the winner putting themselves in a good position to head to the NBA Finals – but with the way this series has gone, a win here tonight definitely doesn’t seal the deal for either team. Tonight’s game is set for 9:00 PM EST at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
After taking a 2-0 series lead at home the Lakers fans got ahead of themselves starting chants of “We Want Boston”, before the Suns went back to Phoenix and took the next two games by a convincing 9 points each. The home team has been dominant in this series so far, winning by an average of just over 12 points. The Lakers are 7-0 in their seven home playoff games and are 5-2 against the spread in those games. The Phoenix Suns know that they won’t be able to stop Kobe, but will need to slow him down in order to keep the game close. The Lakers opened as 6.5 point favorites, but the number has since climbed up to 8, with the game total line moving down to 217.5 from 219. Don’t miss out betting on this Suns vs Lakers Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Finals – it promises to be exciting. Betting odds, spread, and my personal picks and predictions are listed below for Game 5!
Suns vs Lakers Game 5 Odds and Spread:
Phoenix Suns +8
@ Los Angeles Lakers -8
Suns vs Lakers Game 5 Picks and Predictions for Betting:
Spread Prediction – Oddsmakers had set the spread at 6.5 to open this game up, but with the public money on the Lakers side it has since risen to 8 points. The Phoenix Suns have gained a lot of confidence in their play after wins in game 3 and 4 of the series, and I won’t be looking at game 1 or 2 as an indication of how this game will go tonight. The Suns can play good basketball on the road, as they won their previous three road playoff games before heading into Los Angeles. Bryant and the Lakers will more than likely take game 5, but the Suns will battle and keep it close. BET THE SUNS +8 ON THE SPREAD.
Game Total Prediction – The Lakers have put up big numbers at home (124 and 128), while the Phoenix Suns are averaging close to 110 points in their two games in Los Angeles. The line has shifted from 219 down to 217.5 which marks the lowest total since game two in Los Angles. No total has gone lower than 217.5 and I expect that trend to continue tonight. BET THE OVER 217.5.
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