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Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns Predictions & Tips - Suns To Take Game 1

  • Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns predictions for Sunday
  • Clippers-Suns to tip-off at 20:30 BST at Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
  • Suns swept Denver while LA went 6 games with Utah
  • Phoenix tipped to take Game 1
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Leigh Copson 20 Jun 2021
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Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns Predictions & Tips


Phoenix can draw first blood in the Western Conference Final.

The Suns have enjoyed a week without a game having swept Denver in the previous round.

LA only just saw off Utah on Friday night and they could be without Kawhi Leonard again here.

Phoenix are rested and strong at home, so they could take a 1-0 series lead on Sunday.

  • Phoenix Suns are on an 18-2 run at home
  • Phoenix Suns are 4-1 at home in the playoffs so far
  • Phoenix Suns are 8-2 in the playoffs so far
  • Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker is averaging 27.9 points per game in the playoffs
  • Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton is averaging 10.6 rebounds per game in the playoffs
  • Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton has 7 double doubles in 10 playoff games so far
  • Los Angeles Clippers lost Game 1 in Rounds 1 & 2

Head To Head


  • Phoenix Suns lead the all-time series 137-97
  • Phoenix Suns lead the all-time playoff series 4-3

Los Angeles Clippers Form & Team News


Los Angeles Clippers have already racked up 13 games in the playoffs and there is a danger that they could soon run out of steam.

The Clippers fought back from 2-0 down to win 4 of the next 5 games and see off Dallas in the first round.

And while they did not go 7 games with Utah, they once again found themselves having to overcome an 0-2 deficit in the series.

They managed that though, winning four straight games on the back of some outstanding form from Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard racked up 65 points and 19 rebounds across Games 3 & 4 before going down with injury, while George averaged 31.8 points per game between Games 2 and 4 to be the driving force.

Leonard may not overcome his knee problem in time to play in Game 1 of this series, which is a massive blow to the Clippers.

He joins Serge Ibaka (back) in the sidelines. Ibaka will not return this season. 

Phoenix Suns Form & Team News


Phoenix sent defending champions, the Los Angeles Lakers, out in the first round and then rolled over Denver.

The Suns swept the Nuggets with Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton all in excellent form.

Booker is averaging 27.9 points per game in the postseason so far, while Ayton has been racking up the double doubles with 7 in 10 games. He is averaging 10.6 rebounds per outing.

Paul pulled the strings against Denver as he racked up 92 points and 41 assists against the Nuggets, but he is likely to be missing at the start of the series.

Paul has entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol and while him being vaccinated could speed up the process of him exiting it, he is likely to miss the start of the series.

He is the only fresh face on the injury report though. Abdel Nader (knee) is a long-term casualty.

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Verdict

Phoenix are in fantastic form at home and are well rested having made quick work against Denver.

LA have already played 13 games, could be without Kawhi and have repeatedly started series slowly. The Suns can take this.

Best Bet: Phoenix -4.0 Spread @-111.11 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: -30.5 & Phoenix Devin Booker Points & Win @213.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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