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Lakers vs. Suns pick against the spread, best player prop bet for Game 1

We go over some of the best betting options for Game 1 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis goes to the basket as New York Knicks forward Julius Randle and forward Reggie Bullock look on during the first quarter at Staples Center. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns will host the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on Sunday. The Suns are favored to win Game 1 but are underdogs in the series against the Western Conference’s seventh seed. Let’s go over the best betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook ahead of tip-off.

Lakers vs. Suns, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Pick ATS: Lakers -2.5

The Lakers lost their first two games against the Suns before winning the third matchup this year, but haven't been at full strength against Phoenix once. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have each played in one game against the second seed. Davis was instrumental in the Lakers’ 13-point victory over a healthy Suns team the last time Los Angeles faced Phoenix, and James wasn’t even active. The Lakers 18-17 ATS on the road despite its injury woes, so I like their odds to cover with all their major pieces available.

Player Prop: Anthony Davis to record a double-double (+110)

Davis has recorded four double-doubles in his last six games and it’s become apparent that the Lakers’ best option is to give him as many minutes as possible at center. Andre Drummond’s empty stats haven't helped Los Angeles on defense, and AD has obliterated the Suns with 42 points and 12 boards the only time he’s faced them this season. Phoenix’s weakest link is Jae Crowder, and the stretch 4 has no chance of stopping Davis from scoring or crashing the glass alone.

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