The Phoenix Suns can secure a spot in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993 with a victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night. The Suns are solid favorites on the NBA odds.
How to Bet Clippers at Suns NBA Odds & TV Info
- When: Monday, 9 PM ET
- Where: Phoenix Suns Arena
- TV: ESPN
- Stream: ESPN app
Why Bet on LA Clippers?
The Clippers will remain without star Kawhi Leonard, who has not played in this series due to a knee injury. Even flying to Phoenix would not be good for his knee because of elevation during the flight. The 29-year-old Leonard is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and five-time All-Star. He averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game this season while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from three. It’s possible Leonard has played his final game with the Clippers as he can become a free agent this summer. He’s likely to re-sign with L.A., however.
Los Angeles had its chances in Game 4 to even things up but lost 84-80 at home. The Clips were 0-of-12 in the fourth quarter on shots to tie or take the lead. They shot 5-of-31 from three-point range overall (16.1%) and a lot of those, particularly early in the game, were clean looks.Paul George hit just 5-of-20 shots but did make 12 free throws and had 23 points, 16 boards and six assists. George joined Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant as the only three players in the last 20 seasons to score at least 20 points in their team’s first 17 postseason games. George is averaging 27.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game in the series, but he’s also shooting just 35.8 percent from the field and 27.9 percent from three-point range.
Reggie Jackson had 20 points and five rebounds. Jackson’s efficiency levels weren’t very high as he needed 24 shots just to get to the 20-point mark. Jackson has scored at least 20 points in three of four games during the current series. He’s also on a run of six straight games with at least two three-pointers made. Ivica Zubac had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Zubac has started each of the last three games of the series and has provided double-doubles in each one of those appearances.
The Clippers are the only team to come back from 2-0 deficits in the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs and Coach Ty Lue thinks overcoming a 3-1 deficit is very doable.
“We beat Utah and won four games in a row,” Lue said of the Clippers’ second-round triumph in six games. “So it’s very doable.”
Teams that have led 3-1 in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win 95% of the time (251-13); in conference finals series, those teams own a 52-4 record (93%).
Why Bet on Phoenix?The Suns outscored the Clippers 15-14 in an ugly fourth quarter of Game 4 to eke out an 84-80 win and a 3-1 series lead. The Suns shot 24.4% in the second half — the second-worst field goal percentage in the second half of a playoff win over the past 25 postseasons – and still won. A team that hadn’t qualified for the playoffs in more than a decade is now only one game away from the NBA Finals.
Deandre Ayton was terrific in the win with 19 points, playoff career-highs of 22 boards and four blocks, three assists and a steal in 41 minutes. Nine of Ayton’s rebounds came on the offensive end, helping generate 13 second-chance points. Ayton shot 8-of-14 from the field, extending his streak of playoff games with at least a 50% shooting mark from the floor to 14 games, the longest streak since 1954-1955.
After struggling with 15 points in Game 3, Devin Booker had 25 points in Game 4. He’s shooting just 37.5 percent from the field, as well as 22.7 percent from three-point range, in the current Western Conference Finals. Booker removed his mask in the third quarter of Game 4. He was wearing the face-covering to protect his broken nose that he injured in Game 2 on a Patrick Beverley headbutt. Booker hasn’t said if he will wear the mask or not in Game 5.Chris Paul, who is looking to reach his first ever NBA Finals, had 18 points and seven assists. Through 12 games in the playoffs, the future Hall of Famer is averaging 15.8 points, 8.8 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He is only the fifth player in NBA history with at least 10,000 regular season assists and 1,000 playoff assists, joining former Suns Steve Nash and Jason Kidd, as well as Magic Johnson and John Stockton.
“We competed at the highest level that I’ve seen from us all season long, especially on the defensive end,” Coach Monty Williams said.
- Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog.
- Clippers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Suns are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win.
- Suns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite.
- Clippers are 16-7 ATS in the last 23 meetings.
- Over is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Phoenix.
- Suns 109, Clippers 106
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