Suns Trying to Even Up
The Phoenix Suns look to even their series with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, and they can thank the zone defense for it. Here’s the Game 4 preview from BroburySports.com.
The Suns are one-point home dogs at Brobury after opening as one-point ‘chalk.’ The total is 221-points and tip-off is 9 pm ET.
The Suns looked dead and buried before unveiling the zone defense at home in Game 3. The Lakers ripped them to shreds in the first two contests, scoring 126 PPG and shooting 58 percent from the field.
The zone really tripped the Lakers up, catching them by surprise. L.A. settled for a lot of long-range shots, including 32 three-pointers. They only hit nine of them (28.1 percent), which played to the Suns’ advantage.
The final score was Phoenix 118, Los Angeles 109. That snapped an eight-game winning streak for L.A. (going 7-1 ATS).
The 227 combined points scored again went ‘over’ the 219 ½-point total. The ‘over’ is 3-0 in the series and 9-1-1 in the Lakers’ last 11 games. The total keeps climbing higher and is now up to 221 points. It’s kind of surprising it’s not a little more.
Phoenix needs to keep up the offensive pressure. Amare Stoudemire had 42 points last game on 14-of-22 shooting. He also went to the line 18 times, just two less than the entire Lakers’ team. You can be sure Phil Jackson pointed that out to the refs about 100 times.
The free throw margin won’t be as pronounced tonight and the Lakers will be ready for the zone. Kobe Bryant has been unstoppable in this series and can take over any fourth quarter. The Suns need to build a sizable early lead or they could be in trouble.
Los Angeles is feeling a lot of pressure in this game. The hated Boston Celtics could end their series with Orlando tomorrow night. If the Lakers’ series stretches out too far, the aging Celtics could be well rested, negating any advantage Los Angeles may have had.
Can Phoenix even up the series in shocking fashion?
You decide at BroburySports.com.
Posted: 5/25/10 3:05PM ET