Lakers Favored To Win Series With Suns Despite Being 7th Seed

  • The Los Angeles Lakers are favored to win the first round of the playoffs over the Phoenix Suns with -160 odds.
  • A seven seed has never won an NBA Championship.
  • For the first time in 30 years, a seven seed is favored to win over a two seed.

LOS ANGELES—After defeating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Play-In game, the Los Angeles Lakers are on to the NBA Playoffs as the seventh seed where they will take on their division rivals, the Phoenix Suns, in the first round.

Online sportsbooks have odds for the series listed right now and surprisingly so, the Los Angeles Lakers are favored to win the series despite being the lower seed.

Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Phoenix Suns Series Odds

  • Lakers -160
  • Suns +140

Diving right into things, the Lakers and Suns have an extensive playoff history against each other. They have met each other in the playoffs a total of 12 times. The Lakers lead the playoff series advantage with 8 series wins to the Suns 4. The last time the two teams met in the playoffs was back in 2010 where the Lakers won in six games. These teams look much different now, however.

Furthermore, bettors should not get things twisted by looking back at the regular-season series in this one to make their picks. The Suns do hold a 2-1 advantage over the Lakers this season, but, the Lakers have not been fully healthy in any of those games as Anthony Davis missed their first meeting and both Davis and LeBron James missed the second meeting.

In their last game on May 9, the Lakers beat the Suns 123-110.

Sticking with the topic of LeBron James, he is certainly an x-factor against the Suns in particular. James holds an impressive 25-11 record when playing against the Phoenix Suns and averages 27 ppg, 7.4 rpg, and 7.4 apg when playing against them as well which backs up the Lakers NBA odds to win the series as well.

On a separate note, this series also marks the first time that LeBron James and his close friend, Chris Paul will face off in a playoff series. The two have faced off against one another 28 times and the head-to-head record is close with LeBron leading the way with 15 wins while CP3 has 13.

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Those bettors that are looking to take the risk and bet that the Suns will come out on top have arguments to make as well. The first one is the Suns record when playing at home is one of the best in the league at 27-9 while the Lakers are down at 21-15.

Also, the fact that a seven seed in the playoffs has never won an NBA Championship in history backs up their odds even more along with the fact that they have not been favored over a two seed in over 30 years either.

All in all, if LBJ continues his storm against the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers could be looking at moving on to the second round.

Game 1 Odds

Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Phoenix Suns Game Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: Suns (-140) vs. Lakers (+120)
  • Spread: Suns -3
  • Total: 212.5 Points

Although the Lakers are favored to win the series, they are going into Game 1 as the slight underdogs which could have something to do with how the Suns have been playing at home as mentioned before.

However, bettors can take the Lakers series odds seriously and look to cash outright from the start of the series.