Suns at Lakers
Not a great performance in Phoenix and the Lakers need to bounce back in a big way in Game 5. This team has always been at their best when the games matter the most, and now realize they need to step up their game. The Lakers are 18-5 ATS when tied in a playoff series since 1996. When the Thunder came back to tie their opening round series with L.A. at 2-2, the Lakers went on to win Game 5 in blowout fashion at home by a final of 111-87 as 6-point favorites. I look for another double-digit blowout in this Game 5 with Phoenix.
Bryant and center Andrew Bynum didn’t appear to practice with the Lakers on Wednesday, although Jackson didn’t say for sure. Bynum is playing on an injured right knee that will require surgery, while Bryant simply takes advantage of every chance to rest his accumulated injuries.
This play also falls under a system that is 39-13 (75%) ATS since 1996. It tells us to bet on home favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points (LA LAKERS) – double revenge – 2 straight losses vs. opponent against opponent off an upset win over a division rival as an underdog. The Lakers will play much better defensively tonight and it should lead to a win and cover for the home team. Take the Lakers in Game 5.
A few NBA statistics to consider :
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games at home
LA Lakers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix
LA are 8-2 When playing on Thursday.
So today’s free NBA tip is :
Best of luck!