The NBA In-Season Tournament has reached the knockout stages, and the competition is heating up. Two quarter-final games on Tuesday ended in 10-point upsets, with the New Orleans Pelicans defeating the Sacramento Kings 127-17, and the Boston Celtics losing 122-112 to the Indiana Pacers. The action continues on Wednesday with a showdown between the star-studded teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns.
Both teams have had their ups and downs in the tournament so far. The Suns, with a record of 12-8, have shown potential, winning seven games in a row before dropping two. They were second in their group, trailing only the Lakers. In their last meeting, the Lakers secured a thrilling 122-119 victory. Phoenix’s powerhouse duo of Kevin Durant and Devin Booker have been leading the charge, averaging a combined 48.9 PPG.
On the other hand, the Lakers have been navigating a season of inconsistency, with a record of 12-9. Despite alternating wins and losses in their recent games, they managed to top their group in the tournament. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have been in top form, leading the Lakers with impressive statistics across the board.
In terms of injuries, the Suns are eagerly awaiting the return of Bradley Beal, while the Lakers are relatively healthy, with only Gabe Vincent missing games due to injury. The game is expected to be full of high-scoring action, with the betting trend favoring the over for both teams.
Key player prop trends to consider include Durant’s points prop set at 28.5, LeBron’s potential for a double-double, Booker’s assists total set at 6.5, and Austin Reaves’ points + assists combo at 17.5. Grayson Allen has also been exceeding his assists total, making him a solid wager for recording over 2.5 assists.
For betting enthusiasts, LeBron’s potential for a double-double at +165 and Durant making more than 2.5 threes at +115 are attractive wagers to consider. Additionally, given the offensive firepower of both teams, the over for the total points at 228 seems favorable.
As the showdown between the Lakers and the Suns unfolds, fans and bettors alike can expect an intense and high-scoring game with potential for upsets and standout performances from key players on both teams.