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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 2
(2-0) Phoenix Suns vs. LA Clippers (0-2)
Date: Thursday, June 24th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Suns -112 | Clippers +107
NBA Betting Odds: Suns -1
NBA Betting Total: 221
Thursday, June 24th the Western Conference Finals shifts locations as the LA Clippers host the Phoenix Suns for the next two games in the series.
The Clippers arrive back home in familiar territory down two games to none in the series and needing to win four of the next five games. They’ll have to accomplish it without their superstar Kawhi Leonard who remains out with a sprained knee, and no sign of a return anytime soon.
Game 2 served up a scrappy, physical match that highlighted down the stretch how much the youngsters were missing Chris Paul’s calming manner. At game end, LA surged ahead with the help of four consecutive calls.
While it appeared LA was about to steal a game, Monty Williams drew up a perfect inbound lob pass that was executed perfectly. Jae Crowder made the perfect lob, Devin Booker provided the perfect screen to hold up Ivica Zubac and Deandre Ayton slammed it home.
In contrast to Game 1, the Suns weren’t shooting as well with Booker still producing 20 points but needed 16 shots. Ayton continued to excel with another double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Cameron Johnson was one of the few efficient shooters connecting on all five of his attempts for 11 points.
But the player of the game was the other Cameron (Payne) who delivered a career-best (both regular and postseason) high of 29 points adding nine dimes.
Like Booker, superstar Paul George also struggled with his efficiency particularly from the perimeter (1 of 8) but found his range later in the match. George collected 26 points, six rebounds, and six assists.
However, the turning point in the match came at game end when George missed both free throws which opened the door for the Ayton lob that won the game.
Reggie Jackson scored 19 points while Zubac collected a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Luke Kennard scored 10 points as the only other double-figure contributor.
Ever the pest Patrick Beverley played the role of instigator delivering several blows in the contest. First, while defending Booker his head hit the Suns star and sent him out of the game to collect stitches and on what was likely a broken nose.
Late in the match, he sold slight contact from Booker flailing backward to garner the offensive foul. And, he got a ridiculous out-of-bounds call (don’t get me started — if the refs are going to do that – then do it 20 times a game under the basket!)
No doubt, head coach Ty Lue will make adjustments but this Suns team presents a much more difficult task because while Booker is their main star any of the starters can put up big scores just like Payne did in Game 2.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in the last 10 head-to-head meetings.
- The Clippers are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these clubs
- The over/under is 5-5-1 in the last 10 contests between the clubs.
Free Phoenix Suns vs. LA Clippers NBA Prediction:
The Clippers became the first NBA team to come back from 0-2 twice in the same playoffs. But, doing it this time will be a much tougher task given their opponent.
Phoenix a much different challenge for LA given they share the ball and are equal opportunity scorers. And, if that’s not enough, their captain, Chris Paul is expected to return to the lineup after missing both games while dealing with health and safety protocols.
I’m inclined to lean toward the Suns winning but this is a must-win for the Clippers so I’ll give them the nod assuming we’ll get their most desperate game to date.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers +1
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