The way the Los Angeles Clippers played minutes into Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, you’d think they were the ones looking to close the door on the Phoenix Suns. That, however, wasn’t the case. Phoenix had just taken a 3-1 series lead in Los Angeles and looked to make it to the NBA Finals as decided 7-point favorites.
The Suns were never in a position to cover the number, let alone win the game. Paul George carried his team and became the first Clipper in franchise history to post a 40/10/5 game to help lead his teammates to a 14-point victory. In doing so, the Clippers are now 3-0 SU and ATS in elimination games this postseason. Ty Lue will put his 10-2 coaching record in elimination games on the line Wednesday night.
Game 6 of the best-of-seven series between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers will tip-off on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 from the Staples Center. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.
Phoenix Suns vs LA Clippers Game 6 Odds
Spread: Phoenix Suns +1 | Clippers -1 [BET NOW]
Money Line: Phoenix Suns -110 | Clippers -110 [BET NOW]
Total: 215.5 [BET NOW]
Series So Far…
Though Phoenix holds the 3-2 series lead, it’s LA that’s come in the money in three of the five played games. Monday night’s win saw LA cover the closing number in each of the last two games played in Phoenix. LA split Games 3 and 4 back home cruising 106-92 to get back in the series, but then lost 84-80 as short 1-point favorites.
Game 6 initially hit the board at a pick ‘em with the total at 215.5. After destroying the Suns with their backs against the wall, the Clippers immediately moved to -1.
Game 5 saw the over cash for the second time in this series snapping a streak of three straight under hits. As the series goes deeper, the Totals continue to fall.
Game 1 closed at 220. Game 2 at 221.5 and Game 3 at 221. The under cashed in the latter two forcing a move to 217.5 for Game 4 and the under still hit.
After Game 5 closed 213.5 and the over hit, the number to beat for Game 6 clocks in at 215.5. Both games played in this series at the Staples Center combined for an average of just 181 points per game.
Phoenix Suns Overview
Save for Devin Booker and Chris Paul, nobody else on the roster rose to the occasion on Monday night. Mikal Bridges only managed five points in just under 28 minutes. Jae Crowder went for four and only took six shots. Cameron Payne – Game 2’s hero – scored five points for the second straight game and still looks to be feeling the after effects of the ankle sprain incurred early in Game 3.
Worse was Deandre Ayton’s 10 points and 11 rebounds. Though game flow didn’t allow for the big man to get heavily involved, the offense didn’t take advantage of him when the game was actually close the few times it was in the second and third quarters. Coach Monty needs to scrap the plan of attack and look elsewhere for Game 6, or else this series is headed back to the desert.
Los Angeles Clippers Overview
The Clippers’s sensational playoff run was extended in Game 5 by way of every piece of the puzzle stepping up and doing their job. Paul George was on fire, going off for a postseason-career-best 41 points on 15 of 20 shooting. He also added 13 rebounds and six assists. But the story didn’t end there. Marcus Morris stepped up in the absence of Ivica Zubac by tallying 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting.
Reggie Jackson was again lethal from deep draining four of seven shots to ultimately post 23 points. DeMarcus Cousins scored a playoff-high 15 points. It all amounted to LA destroying Phoenix in the paint 58-32. Rounding it all out was the defensive play of Patrick Beverley who was in Chris Paul’s ear all game and was seen mocking him for flopping after a hard foul.
Phoenix Suns vs LA Clippers Game 6 Prediction
Our picks: Clippers +1
Going into this series, I didn’t think the Clippers had it in them to outlast the Suns without Kawhi Leonard. After five games, I’m not sure Phoenix has the closers on its roster to see this series all the way through. With that, the +420 return on the Clippers to win this series looks very attractive. If ever there was a team still remaining in the postseason that could battle back from a 3-1 deficit and win, it’s the 2020-21 Clippers.
LA have already gone into Dallas for Game 6 facing elimination and come out on top. They also won four straight against a Jazz team. There’s no way I’m betting against Paul George at the very least extending this series to a seventh game.
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