The NBA Western Conference Finals are here and as much as people complain that the Association is too predictable, no one saw this coming. The Phoenix Suns have ridden a fortuitous magical carpet ride of injury luck throughout the playoffs so far. After dispatching the walking infirmary that was the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, the Suns took down a Jamal Murray-less Nuggets in a clean sweep.
On the other hand, the Clippers have battled their bodily losses to make their first Conference Final in franchise history! It’s a battle of attrition and long-time basement dwellers for the glory of the NBA Finals. Here’s all the odds and information you need on Suns-Clippers.
Game 2 Adjustments
Clippers coach Ty Lue inserted Patrick Beverley in place of Terrance Mann and the bulldog guard made his mark. Beverly hounded Devin Booker into an uncharacteristically inefficient game, even bloodying the Phoenix star with an inadvertent headbutt. Despite the Suns shooting 50% from 2-point range, the Clippers did a much better job of making those attempts more difficult.
Nevertheless, Cameron Payne repeatedly knifed into the defense for his team-high 29 points. Deandre Ayton also feasted on short jumpers and hooks in the lane. If you bet on Ayton for most rebounds in the series as we suggested, you’d like your chances after his 14 collected tonight.
As usual, any word on Kawhi Leonard remains nil. Sadly, the chances of the former NBA Finals MVP returning to this series look dim. On the other hand, the Suns are hopeful that Chris Paul can return from COVID protocols for Game 3 on Thursday. Reportedly, Paul is asymptomatic and quarantining per League rules.
Suns vs Clippers Game 3 Odds Analysis
BetRivers has installed the Suns as -1 (-109 ML -115) favorites. The Clippers are +1 (-112 ML -107). If the Clippers had stolen Game 2, you might like their chances to come out strong and try to really turn the tide against the Suns. However, with George choking like a dog and the Clippers losing in such heart-wrenching fashion, it’s reasonable to question their resolve.
To handicap this game one must balance Paul George’s poor overall shooting performances in both games against the Suns singularly horrendous night from 3. On one hand, if the playoffs to this point can be trusted, the Suns should step on the wounded Clippers like they did the Lakers in round 1 and the Nuggets in round 2.
On the other, the Clippers have come back from deficits in both of their first two series as well. Do you trust the Suns to have a comeback performance from 3 or will Paul George rise from the ashes of his own failure? Without Kawhi Leonard it’s a tall task.