More Points Scored: Pau Gasol(LAL) or Amare Stoudemire (PHX)

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The Lakers crushed the Suns, 128-107 in Game 1 on Monday night. Amare Stoudemire out-scored Paul Gasol, 23-21 in the contest. During the playoffs, the two big men have posted similar numbers. Gasol has been averaging 20.3 points per game while Stoudemire is averaging, 20.7.

During the regular season, Gasol averaged 14 points against the Suns while Stoudemire averaged 20.5 points against the Lake Show.

It’d be hard for the Lakers to shoot 58% again from the field as a team in Game 2. Phoenix held both the Blazers and Spurs to 42% shooting in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Gasol made 10 for his 13 shots from the floor while holding Stoudemire to 8 of 13 shooting. Amare is the Suns’ best player and the Suns need to work the ball into him more in the low post. The Lakers size will prevent some problems, but he’s one of the best players in the league from 15 feet or less.

I’m picking Amare in this match-up. He is more critical to his team’s success in Game 2. The Suns will be playing in desperation mode in order to prevent a 2-0 hole.

The Pick: Amare Stoudemire

May Record: 7-11

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