Monday, May 17, 2010

NBA Playoff Betting: Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Picks and Preview

Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns NBA Betting Odds - The NBA Western Conference Final will begin tonight at the STAPLES Center the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers will attempt to reach their third straight NBA finals when they take on the Phoenix Suns, starting in Game 1.

The Lakers are listed as 6.5-point favorites with the Total set at 210.5 but a few of their key players are less than 100 percent.

According to the Los Angeles Times both Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum are suffering from right knee-related injuries.

“Bryant recently had a significant amount of fluid drained from his swollen right knee,” says a Times report, which also goes on to say that Kobe hasn’t practiced since the Lakers’ West semifinal sweep of the Utah Jazz.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Odds and Picks @Basketball Betting

The torn cartilage in Bynum’s right knee is said to be “getting worse” after a Saturday scrimmage but Lakers coach Phil Jackson told the Times, “[Bynum] played well [during Saturday's scrimmage] and we’re hopeful that he’s going to be at that level.”

The Lakers have been Jekyll and Hyde-like in their last 20 games at the STAPLES Center, going 16-4 straight up but going 6-13-1 against the spread at the same time.

The Lakers are also 9-3 SU and 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games vs. the Phoenix Suns.

Los Angeles is also favored to win the series in series price betting — they are favored at -335 while the Suns are +267 underdogs.


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