Lakers vs. Suns live stream: Watch NBA playoffs, TV, start time, Game 5 prediction, odds, point spread, line Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns free live stream, Game 4 score, odds, time, TV channel, how to watch NBA playoffs online (5/30/21) The series between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers has been back and forth. The Suns won the first game, only for the Lakers to bounce back and win the next two. Then, Phoenix responded and pulled out a win in Game 4 to knot the series up at two games apiece. Whoever is able to pull out a victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night will have a distinct edge in the series, as they will only have to win once more, while the other team will need two wins to advance. Both teams are dealing with big-time injury issues, as Chris Paul has been hampered by a shoulder injury that he suffered in Game 1, and Anthony Davis didn't play in the second half of Game 4 due to a groin injury. While Paul has been playing through the pain, Davis' status moving forward in the series is up in the air. The Lakers obviously hope that he'll be good to go, or else the task of toppling the Suns will be a whole lot tougher. Game 4 was huge for Phoenix. Not only did it pull out a win to tie the series at 2-2 -- which is obviously much more manageable than 3-1 -- but Chris Paul started to look like his usual self for the first time all series after injuring his shoulder in the first game. Paul scored 20 points over the first three games of the series, and he had 18 in Game 4. In short, Paul appears to be progressing in the right direction. With Paul at, or near, full health, the Suns will have a real chance to win this series. Without their leader, that chance drops drastically. For L.A., all the attention in the series now turns to the health of Anthony Davis. Davis missed the entire second half of Game 4 with a groin injury, and his absence was a huge part of the reason that the Suns were able to pull out a win to tie up the series. Davis is listed as day-to-day, and if he's unable to play in Game 5, that will obviously be a big blow to the Lakers' chances of winning. If the Lakers want to have any chance of repeating as NBA champions this season, they'll need Davis and LeBron James to be healthy, so the groin injury to Davis is obviously a major concern for the franchise. Anthony Davis' health is now the major question in the series, and a major concern for L.A. The Lakers are likely not going to win the series without him, or if he's hobbled, regardless of how well LeBron James plays. Even if Davis does play in Game 5, he likely won't be at 100 percent, which gives Phoenix an advantage. Pick: Suns -5 As the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns gear up for a pivotal Game 5 on Tuesday, with the series tied 2-2 and Anthony Davis likely out, let's at least try to be reasonable about the narratives. No, this is not the most important game of LeBron James' career, as some would have you believe. I mean good grief. The guy played in an NBA Finals Game 7 on the road against a 73-win team to end a 52 year title drought. The Los Angeles Lakers have surged to a 2-1 series lead in this series as veteran stars LeBron James, Anthony Davis and their teammates look to push the Phoenix Suns to the brink of elimination in tonight’s Game 4. But this Suns team led by Devin Booker, Chris Paul and DeAndre Ayton know they have the talent and firepower to match this Lakers team and even things up in this first round Western Conference NBA playoff series. This game tips off at the Staples Center on Sunday, May 30 at 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET with a live broadcast on ABC. The Phoenix Suns got a huge boost from point guard Chris Paul in a Game 4 win over the Los Angeles Lakers to tie the first-round playoff series, 2-2. On the flip side of things, Lakers big man Anthony Davis recorded just six points in 19 minutes of play before exiting with a groin injury near the end of the first half on Sunday. Davis was already on injury watch after entering Game 4 as questionable with a left knee injury. UPDATED: JUNE 1, 2021 AT 9:11 AM Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul celebrates after forcing a turnover during the second half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) The Phoenix Suns got a huge boost from point guard Chris Paul in a Game 4 win over the Los Angeles Lakers to tie the first-round playoff series, 2-2. On the flip side of things, Lakers big man Anthony Davis recorded just six points in 19 minutes of play before exiting with a groin injury near the end of the first half on Sunday. Davis was already on injury watch after entering Game 4 as questionable with a left knee injury. Paul’s resurgence, Davis’ unlikely availability and Phoenix’s return home for Game 5 has had a great deal of impact on the Suns’ odds to regain a first-round lead Tuesday night, with most oddsmakers spotting Phoenix as five-point favorites. It’s nearly a 12-point swing from the Game-4 matchup in Los Angeles, according to Odds Shark. After almost being sat out of Sunday’s contest, Paul led the way for Phoenix with 18 points and nine assists over 32 minutes. He also grabbed three rebounds and a trio of steals, while letting everyone know “he’s back.” Here we are in an NBA Playoffs Game Five with the series all tied up at 2-2 with three games left to play and one of those team will win the two necessary to advance. Historically, the home team has a significant advantage at this point because they are at home for two of the three games. That’s the Phoenix Suns, who will host Game Five tonight and (if necessary) Game Seven on Saturday. Also historically, LeBron James of the defending NBA Champ Los Angeles Lakers has never lost a first round playoff series in 14 chances. Fourteen chances! Narrative: the series shifts on a daily basis depending on injuries, and now injuries are going to very much influence the outcome of tonight’s game too. Will Chris Paul continue to improve? Will Davis and/or KCP will healthy enough to go? The first-round series between the second-seeded Phoenix Suns and seventh-seeded Los Angeles Lakers shifts to a pivotal Game 5 on Tuesday, with both teams looking to inch closer to a spot in the Western Conference Semifinals. There are plenty of storylines heading into Game 5. The biggest, of course, is Anthony Davis’ groin injury. The Brow suffered a strained groin early in Game 4 and his status is still up in the air for this contest, with there being some pessimism about his status. This game will prove to be critical for the defending champs as they look to take a 3-2 series on the road. With AD hobbled, the Suns will look to take advantage of playing in front of their home fans as they try to do the unthinkable and take out LeBron James and the Lakers in the very first round. With that, here are some bold predictions ahead of the massive Lakers vs. Suns showdown in Game 5. LeBron James has not scored 40 since their Jan. 25 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The King torched his former squad for 46 points on 19-of-26 shooting, including seven 3-pointers, in that monster performance. Since returning from his ankle injury, James’ scoring hasn’t been at the level we’ve been accustomed to seeing, as he has yet to surpass 25 points in the six games bridging the regular season and the first four games of this series. The four-time MVP is averaging just 21.8 points through this series, and that’s going to need to change if the Lakers are going to be without Anthony Davis for Game 5. James will need to be aggressive offensively and set the tone for his teammates if the Lakers want to take the 3-2 series lead on the road. LeBron knows he needs to carry the Purple and Gold in Game 5 if they want to pass their first test on their way to back-to-back titles. Thus, the four-time NBA champion could look for his shot more and turn back the clock with a monster scoring night. Even though at 36, James is still capable of filling up the scoreboard. The former No. 1 overall pick has been a monster for the Suns through the first four games of this series. The 22-year-old is having his way inside so far for Phoenix, averaging 19.8 points and 13.5 rebounds. With the majority of his looks coming at or near the basket, Ayton is shooting an insane 80.9 percent from the floor. With Anthony Davis likely to miss Game 5, Ayton will have a field day down low. The big man has benefited tremendously from Devin Booker and Chris Paul setting him up for easy looks. Without Los Angeles’ best interior defender and rim protector, Ayton will have a massive evening to help the Suns secure a 3-2 series lead over the defending champions. Without having to worry about AD on defense, Ayton can expend more energy on the other end and be more aggressive in attacking the paint.