NBA Odds: Lakers vs Suns, Game 3 Betting Lines and Props

  • The Los Angeles Lakers are 7-point favorites over the Phoenix Suns in Game 3.
  • The Lakers have odds of -360 to win the series while the Suns have +280 odds.

LOS ANGELES – As the series between the Los Angeles Lakers (42-30) and Phoenix Suns (51-21) heads to the Staples Center on Thursday, the betting odds favor the Lakers in both Game 3 and the series as a whole.

The teams split the first two games of the series in Phoenix.

Lakers As Sizable Favorites

The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t looked like the elite team they’re supposed to be, but remain as large betting favorites in Game 3 coming off of the win on Tuesday night.

The Lakers have shot a lower percentage from the floor as well as from behind the arc in both games in the series.  NBA bettors can see this in two ways; either the Lakers are getting outperformed and should go back to their losing ways, or that once L.A. starts shooting well the team will start dominating.

Los Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Game 3 Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: LAL -290, PHX +240
  • Spread: LAL -7
  • Total: O/U 212

In Los Angeles’ Game 2 win, the Lakers outscored the Suns by six points in the first quarter and just a single point in the final three quarters combined. Although the Lakers will be getting home-court advantage for the first time in the series, online sportsbooks may be overestimating the gap between the two teams.

Best Prop Bets

There is a wide variety of prop bets to choose from on sports betting sites with some potentially standing out a bit more than the others.

LeBron James Under 40.5 Pts + Reb + Ast (-120)

LeBron James, since his return from injury on April 30, has yet to hit this mark in any of his six games. James has had a total of 35 Pts + Reb + Ast in both of the first two games in this series.

Mikal Bridges At Least 2 3PT Made (-120)

We highlighted this prop bet in Game 2, and despite hitting this mark for the 12th time in his last 14 games, the odds have become more beneficial to the bettor (was -135 in Game 2).

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The biggest restriction to Bridges’ ability to hit this number will be his minutes as he saw his playing time drop from 41 minutes in Game 1 to 27 minutes in Game 2.

DeAndre Ayton Over 14.5 Points (-120)

The Lakers have simply had no answer to DeAndre Ayton in the post. He’s shooting a combined 21-for-24 from the field (87.5%) this season and has notched 20+ points in both games.

Lakers vs Suns Series Price

Looking forward past Game 3, The Lakers remain the betting favorite to win the series and move on to the second round. This was the first time that a No. 7 seed was favored over a No. 2 seed in over 30 years to win the series.

With the series tied 1-1, Los Angeles has become even bigger favorites to move on past the first round.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Series Winner Betting Odds

  • Los Angeles Lakers -360
  • Phoenix Suns +280

These odds are likely to shift drastically after the winner of Game 3 is determined, so if a bettor finds value on either side it could be beneficial to jump on this sooner rather than later.

Game 3 is scheduled for a 10 p.m. tip-off with coverage available on TNT.