The Western Conference Finals matchup is set, and the series is set to begin on Sunday, June 20. It will be the Phoenix Suns taking on the LA Clippers for the right to advance to the NBA Finals.
Phoenix will have home court advantage in this series after finishing with the second-best record in the West. The LA Clippers will have to steal a game on the road, but they have proven they are capable.
The Suns defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Round 1 and then swept the Denver Nuggets in the next round. The LA Clippers got past Dallas in seven games and then stunned the Utah Jazz in six.
Health Concerns In Play
Both teams enter the Western Conference Finals with some health concerns, and that will affect the outcome. The Suns should get their star back at some point, but the Clippers likely won’t.
Chris Paul is out of Game 1 due to being in the league’s Health and Safety Protocol. He is forced to isolate after being in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Kawhi Leonard was injured in the series against Utah, and he could miss the remainder of the year. The Clippers were able to beat Utah without him, but this is a massive blow.
Phoenix Wants to Defend
The Suns allowed just 107.4 points per game this season, the third-best in the NBA. Phoenix has won seven straight games, and the defense has led the way.
Phoenix can also really score, but playing without Paul is going to hurt the offense. Paul averages nearly ten assists per game, and he makes things run smoothly.
Devin Booker has emerged as a true star, scoring 28 points per game in the playoffs. Without Paul, there will be more pressure on the young star to deliver.
The Clippers scored at least 118 points in each of their four wins over Utah. LA doesn’t have a ton of depth, but they have had some players step up.
Terance Mann had 39 points in the Game 6 win, and he will be relied on for scoring in this series. Paul George is now the go-to guy, and he needs to perform as well.
Clippers vs. Suns Series Odds
The Phoenix Suns are massive favorites in this series, and the injury to Leonard clearly plays a role. Phoenix is listed at -210 to win the West, while the LA Clippers are +178.
Even though Phoenix is a big favorite, oddsmakers like this series to go seven games. Here is a deeper dive into the series odds:
Clippers Win 4-0: +1800
Clippers Win 4-1: +1100
Clippers Win 4-2: +600
Clippers Win 4-3: +750
Suns Win 4-0: +900
Suns Win 4-1: +340
Suns Win 4-2: +380
Suns Win 4-3: +330
Clippers vs. Suns Series Prediction
Home court advantage will play a role in this series, and that is why Phoenix has the edge. The Suns are also expected to get Chris Paul back, while Kawhi Leonard might not return.
This does feel like it is a series that is going to go a full seven games. With Game 7 being played in Phoenix, that makes the Suns the right pick.
Bet on the Phoenix Suns to win the Western Conference Finals over the LA Clippers.
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