Lakers Get Hot Suns

The Los Angeles Lakers are one series away from the NBA Finals, but first they have to get by the Phoenix Suns. Here’s the Monday night preview from

Bet 2010 NBA Playoff Odds

Los Angeles is a six-point home favorite with a total of 210 ½-points. Tip-off is 9 pm ET. Brobury has also installed Los Angeles are a -340 favorite for the series. Phoenix is a very reasonable +280.

L.A. had some trouble with Oklahoma City in the first round, but swept Utah last series. They’re on a six-game winning streak, going 5-1 ATS.

Phoenix handled Portland in round one. That wasn’t surprising given the injury to Brandon Roy. What was surprising was the sweep of San Antonio last round. Phoenix averaged 109.5 PPG, but also played better defense than thought against the tough Spurs.

Phoenix is on a six-game winning streak, both SU and ATS. 

These teams met four times this year with L.A. winning and ‘covering’ three. The two Lakers home games were blowouts.

Phoenix has its ‘Big 3’ of Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Jason Richardson. Nash is one of the best point guards in NBA history, but really need a title (or at least a Finals appearance) to cement his legacy.

Stoudemire has to battle Los Angeles’ big man tandem of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. The good news is that center Robin Lopez is returning tonight from his back injury, He’s very good defensively in the post, which is what they need.

Either Richardson or Grant Hill will get the unenviable task of guarding Kobe Bryant, although they’ll also get some help off the bench.

The bench is the biggest advantage for Phoenix. They go five deep and bring a diverse skill set. They also don’t mind doing the dirty work (see Jared Dudley) and their play was huge against San Antonio.

Bryant is of course the main guy. He’s what LeBron James was supposed to be in the playoffs, a cold-blooded killer who can almost single-handily win a series. If Bryant has a great series, L.A. can’t lose.

Prediction: Lakers in 7 

Bet on the Lakers and Suns at

Bet 2010 NBA Playoff Odds

Posted: 5/17/10 2:55PM ET

Recent Discussions

late games on Sat, Dec 2021 by armyranger
Next lines on Sat, Dec 2021 by Freezerqueen
EARLY UNLIMITED PLAY FOR SAT on Fri, Dec 2021 by Timmy1961
RUNNNG LATE MAX OVER buy wku game on Fri, Dec 2021 by Timmy1961
My plays for Fri on Fri, Dec 2021 by iceman17

Sports Betting Headlines