This writer didn’t think the Los Angels Clippers would upset the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals as solid road underdogs, but they did. Now the series is back to Los Angeles for Game 6 on Wednesday night with the Suns as very slight favorites on the NBA odds. Kawhi Leonard is expected out again for L.A.How to Bet Suns at Clippers NBA Odds & TV Info
- When: Wednesday, 9 PM ET
- Where: Staples Center
- TV: ESPN
- Stream: ESPN app
- Radio: Tunein.com
The Suns started slowly in Game 5 at home on Monday with a chance to reach their first NBA Finals since 1993 and never really were in control of the game, with the Clippers prevailing 116-102 in a fairly big upset. LA was up 10 after the first quarter.
“It’s just unacceptable the way we started the game,” Suns head coach Monty Williams said of his team, which allowed 66% shooting in the first quarter. “It’s pretty obvious we can’t play with a show-up mentality. They played with determination. We have to realize we are trying to close out a series against a team that’s been there before.”
Devin Booker got out of his shooting slump as he scored 31 points to go with four rebounds and three assists. Booker had struggled ever since exploding for a 40 point triple-double in Game 1 of this series. Booker has been terrific from the charity stripe this series, sinking 38 out of 42 attempts over his past five games. Before Monday’s 31-point effort, Booker was averaging 20.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists over his last three games.
Cam Johnson was a perfect 3-of-3 from deep, as he came off the bench and tallied 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting and also added four rebounds and three steals. Johnson is now shooting 52.9% from distance this series and is averaging 1.2 steals per game despite playing just 23.6 minutes per game.
Deandre Ayton had 10 points and 11 rebounds, taking a step back after scoring 19 points and grabbing a season-high 22 rebounds Saturday. It was his 10th double-double of the playoffs. Ayton has been a force in the Western Conference Finals, averaging 18.2 points and 13.0 rebounds.
Chris Paul had 22 points and eight assists but was 0-for-6 from deep. Since returning from a two-game absence due to COVID-19 protocols, Paul is averaging 18.3 points, 9.0 assists and 1.3 steals over his last three games.
Phoenix is now 2-4 all-time in Western Conference finals close-out games (1-0 in 1976, 0-2 in 1979, 1-1 in 1993 and 0-1 in 2021).Why Bet on Los Angeles?
Despite playing without the injured Kawhi Leonard and Ivica Zubac (his absence was a surprise), the Clippers simply played with more intensity in Game 5 and jumped out to a 20-5 lead to set the tone. Overall, the Suns allowed dribble penetration over and over defensively and didn’t take care of the ball offensively. The Clippers had 58 points in the paint and scored 23 points off the Suns’ 14 turnovers. Los Angeles now has 7 wins when trailing in a playoff series, the most in a single postseason in NBA history.
Paul George was a monster with a playoff career-high 41 points on 15-of-20 shooting (3-of-6 3-pointers) and added 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals. George had a relatively quiet first half scoring 11 points taking just eight shots. But in the second half, George came alive, scoring 30 of his 41 points in the second half, including 20 points in the third quarter.
PG 13 became the 4th player all-time with 40 points, 10 rebounds and 70% shooting when facing elimination, joining LeBron James (2012), Patrick Ewing (1990) and Wilt Chamberlain (1970). George joined Ewing as the only players 40 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 75% shooting in a playoff game overall. George has 20 points in all 18 games this postseason, only the 4th player to open a postseason with a streak that long.
Marcus Morris put up 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting with three rebounds and two assists while Reggie Jackson scored 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting with five rebounds and three assists. The two combined for 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting in the first quarter alone, nearly matching the Suns who scored 26 points as a team in the first 12 minutes.
Terance Mann got the start for Zubac (knee) and scored just four points on 2-of-8 shooting. They Clips got a huge night from DeMarcus Cousins, who came off the bench and scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting with three assists, two rebounds, and one steal in just 11 minutes. It’s not yet clear if Zubac will play in this game.
“Him having 15 points off the bench was a huge spark for us to allow PG and Reggie to get some rest and Marcus to get some rest,” Clippers coach Ty Lue said. “Kind of play through Cousins and he was great.”
One thing that the Clippers have to be feeling good about is that Lue is now 10-2 as a coach in games where his team has a chance to be eliminated. That is the best such record in NBA history for coaches who have coached at least 10 games.Game Trends
- Suns are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.
- Suns are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Suns are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Clippers are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
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