Phoenix are a great team in the sense that they do play together but they do not have the same calibre athletes as Los Angeles and that definitely shows at times.
The Suns are coming in as very slight home favorites with Sportsbook.com for Saturday's game 6 which tips off at 8:35pm ET. The spread for Phoenix to cover has been set at -1.5 and based on the last two results from Phoenix you have to love pounding that line.
First quarter, 6:45 remaining: Lakers 19, Suns 19
So far it's an even shooting contest. The Lakers are shooting 80% from the field, the Suns 75%.
Ron Artest is looking for his shot early and took three shots, and made all of them, in the first four minutes. Artest has seven points to lead the Lakers in scoring.
Meanwhile, Jason Richardson leads the Suns with seven pionts.
Kobe Bryant drew a foul on Grant Hill while hitting a bankshot. He hit the free throw to give the Lakers a 17-14 lead. Bryant had a cut on his finger and came out to get it bandaged; he was replaced by Shannon Brown.
Andrew Bynum has been getting deep position in the paint and has hit his first two field goals. Suns center Robin Lopez already has two fouls in the first two-plus minutes and has gone to the bench.
But he was replaced by Channing Frye, who hit a three on his first possession.
Lakers vs. Suns Game 6, Pregame
One key tonight for the Lakers, who hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals series, will be how many turnovers their defense can force from the Phoenix Suns.
In the Suns' two wins in this series, both at Phoenix, they have averaged only seven turnovers a game, while in their three losses at Staples Center the Suns have turned the ball over an average of 14 times a game.
Of course, defense is a relative rarity in this series, with both teams scoring more than 100 points in every game. In Game 5, when the Lakers escaped thanks to Ron Artest's last second put-back basket of a Kobe Bryant airball, they did hold the Suns to a series low of 101 points, though Phoenix still shot 46.8% from the field.
Certainly the Suns have played better in Phoenix, averaging 116.5 points in their two wins there.
For what it's worth, gambling site Beted.com favors Phoenix by two points in Game 6.
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