Suns vs. Lakers: 2021 NBA 1st Round Preview

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Hello everyone! Welcome to Sports Teller! Today, we will be showcasing the Suns vs. Lakers: 2021 NBA 1st Round Preview. In fact, we will be showcasing the overall series prediction as well as the 2021 results from each team. In addition, we will be going over each team’s playoff history as well as the key players to watch. Without further adieu, let’s begin!

Suns vs. Lakers: 2021 NBA 1st Round Preview

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2021 NBA Western Conference Playoffs-1st Round: Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Series Start Time for All Seven Games:

Game 1-Sunday, May 23, 2021 (3:30 P.M. EDT/12:30 P.M. PDT on ABC)

Game 2-Tuesday, May 25, 2021 (10:00 P.M. EDT/7:00 P.M. PDT on TNT)

Game 3-Thursday, May 27, 2021 (10:00 P.M. EDT/7:00 P.M. PDT on TNT)

Game 4-Sunday, May 30, 2021 (3:30 P.M. EDT/12:30 P.M. PDT on ABC)

*Game 5-Tuesday, June 1, 2021 (TBA and if Necessary)

*Game 6-Thursday, June 3, 2021 (TBA and if Necessary)

Do or Die Game 7-Saturday, June 5, 2021 (TBA and if Necessary)

Series Locations: Phoenix Suns Arena-Phoenix, AZ (Games 1, 2, 5, 7) & Staples Center-Los Angeles, CA (Games 3, 4, 6)

2020-2021 Regular Season Series: Suns Won the Regular Season Series vs. Lakers 2-1

Most Recent Playoff Meeting: 2010 West Finals (Lakers Won 4-2)

Phoenix Suns (51-21)-#2 Seed in the West

  • 1st Playoff Appearance Since 2010
  • 12th Postseason Meeting vs. Trail Blazers (5th Since 2000)
  • Phoenix is 20-37 vs. L.A. Lakers All-Time in the Playoffs
  • 2nd Postseason Appearance Since 2010
  • Looking for 1st Playoff Series Win Since 2010 West Semifinals vs. Spurs
  • Has Not Advanced to the Western Conference Finals Since 2010
  • Seeking 1st NBA Finals Appearance Since 1993
  • Has Not Won an NBA Championship in Franchise History

Los Angeles Lakers (42-30)-#7 Seed in the West

  • Defeated Golden State Warriors in Play-In Series (Seeds 7-10)
  • Lakers are the Defending NBA Champions (Defeated Miami Heat in the Finals)
  • Back-to-Back Playoff Appearances for the 1st Time Since 2006-2013
  • 12th Postseason Meeting vs. Suns (1st Since 2010)
  • Los Angeles is 37-20 vs. Phoenix All-Time in the Playoffs
  • Seeking to Become Repeat Champions for the 4th Time…
  • …in Team History (1987-1988, 2000-2002, 2009-2010)
  • Looking to Become 1st Back-to-Back NBA Champions Since…
  • …2017-2018 Golden State Warriors
  • Seeking to Become 4th Team to Repeat as Champions Since 2009…
  • …Lakers (2009-2010), Heat (2013-2014) & Warriors (2017-2018)

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Top Players to Watch in Suns vs. Lakers Series (2020-2021 Regular Season Statistics)

Phoenix Suns

  • PG Chris Paul: 16.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 8.9 APG
  • SG Devin Booker: 25.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.3 APG
  • C Deandre Ayton: 14.4 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 1.4 APG
  • SF Mikal Bridges: 13.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.1 APG
  • PF Jae Crowder: 10.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.1 APG

Los Angeles Lakers

  • SF LeBron James: 25.0 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 7.8 APG
  • PF Anthony Davis: 21.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 3.1 APG
  • C Andre Drummond: 11.9 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.4 APG
  • PG Dennis Schroder: 15.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.8 APG
  • SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: 9.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.9 APG

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Official Suns vs. Lakers: 2021 NBA 1st Round Series Prediction

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