TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION THURSDAY, MAY 27TH
#553 PHOENIX (+7) over LA Lakers at 10:05 PM EST
Off Tuesday’s 109-102 home loss in the desert, look for the Suns to hang with the mighty Lakers in this pivotal Game 3 setting. Phoenix was an elite 24-12 SU on the road this season and this is way too many points to be giving the second-best team in the Western Conference.
When coming off a straight up loss, the Suns have been worth a look notching a solid 18-5 SU and 16-6-1 ATS mark in their next game. If that blemish came in the comforts of home, head coach Monty Williams’ kids jump to a reliable 8-2 SU and ATS in their last 10 tries. Also, in the role of an underdog, Phoenix holds a money-making 13-6 SU and ATS in its last 19 battles including a powerful 10-4 SU and ATS in this set provided both teams are rested.
Even with LBJ back in the lineup, this will be a tough encore for LA. When coming off a straight up win, the Lakers have posted a surprising 7-20 ATS record in their last 27 games. In this run fighting a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage of .560 or better, Los Angeles falls to a disturbing 0-8 SU and ATS in its last eight battles and has lost by an average of 15.9 points per game. Also, when playing in the comforts of home, LA holds a poor 22-32-2 ATS mark in its last 56 contests including a nasty 7-17-1 ATS in this set if they are going into same season revenge.
Suns guard Chris Paul has a shoulder. That fact is noted. However, CP3 had 48 hours to mend, and he will be more effective in this matchup than he was in Game 2’s loss. Take Phoenix. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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