The Lakers looked very comfortable at home in Game 3, led by huge performances from LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder to take a 2-1 lead against the Phoenix Suns. Their defense suffocated Suns guard Devin Booker, and Chris Paul continues to fight as he battles an apparent shoulder injury he suffered in Game 1 of the series. If Paul isn’t 100% the rest of the series, the odds of the Suns advancing seem pretty grim, aside from the Lakers overpowering them in the previous two games.
Maybe the Suns can bounce back and tie the series together before it returns to Phoenix. Here’s everything you need to know about Game 4.
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(2) Phoenix Suns vs. (7) Los Angeles Lakers
- Dated: Sunday May 30 | Time: 10 p.m. ET
- Location: Staples Center – Los Angeles, California
- TV: ABC | Direct: FuboTV
- Chances: PHX +230; LAL -270 | OR: 209.5 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
Featured Game | Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns
Suns: Coach Monty Williams said Chris Paul missed practice on Saturday to rest her shoulder, in the hopes that the free time will help heal what the team calls a “shoulder bruise and a sting”. Paul is expected to play in Game 4, but his level of health is not known as he didn’t have the strength to really do anything with his right arm since he took over. got injured in Game 1. Without Paul it’s just different. series for Phoenix. While Booker has been used to carrying the offensive load in the past for Phoenix, he alone is not enough. The Suns will need guys like Jae Crowder, Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson to start knocking down shots and stand a chance in Game 4.
Lakers: Anthony Davis is listed as questionable for Game 4 with a sprained knee, but he said there was “no chance” he does not play given the scale of the game. If the Lakers win Game 4, they’ll be one win away before moving on to the second round, and that’s more likely to happen with Davis on the ground. That aside, LA may also be without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who is also listed as questionable with a left knee and quad injury. The Lakers getting screwed isn’t ideal, but it’s the playoffs and it wouldn’t be surprising for both players to play.
LA has the talent advantage, and with Paul injured, that changes the dynamic of this series. I’ll go with the Lakers to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Take: Lakers -6.5