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Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Clippers Predictions & Tips - LA To Defend Home Court

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  • Suns-Clippers to tip-off at 02:00 BST (Friday) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
  • Phoenix hold a 2-0 lead after back-to-back home wins
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Leigh Copson 25 Jun 2021
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Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Clippers Predictions & Tips


Los Angeles can get themselves into the Western Conference Final with a Game 3 win.

The Clippers ran the Suns close twice in Phoenix before going down to defeat, but they are back home here.

LA are on a four-game win streak at home and that could become five-in-a-row in a close game.

  • Los Angeles Clippers have won 4 straight home games
  • Los Angeles Clippers won their previous home game against Phoenix Suns
  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George is averaging 30 points per game in this series
  • Los Angeles Clippers ranked #4 in average points allowed per game in the regular season
  • Los Angeles Clippers ranked #4 in total points allowed per game in the regular season
  • This matchup has been won by an average of 6 points this season
  • All 5 previous meetings have been won by 10 points or less
  • 4 of the 5 previous meetings have produced -219.5 total points

Head To Head


  • Phoenix Suns lead the all-time series 139-97
  • Phoenix Suns lead the all-time playoff series 6-3

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 25.6 points per game in the postseason so far, while Ayton has been racking up the double doubles with 8 in 12 games.

Paul pulled the strings against Denver, putting up 92 points and 41 assists, but he entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol and may not return until later in the Western Conference Final.

Paul’s absence did not prevent Phoenix from running out 120-114 winners in Game 1 though, largely thanks to Booker who put up his first career triple double (40 points, 13 rebounds & 11 assists).

Booker was held to 20 points in Game 2, but Cameron Payne (29 points) and Ayton (24 points, 14 rebounds) picked up the slack as the Suns snatched a 104-103 win.

Los Angeles Clippers Form & Team News


Los Angeles have had a marathon run to the Western Conference Finals and they will need another long series if they are to make the NBA Finals.

The Clippers fought back from 2-0 down to see off Dallas 4-3 in the first round, and they then fought back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Utah 4-2 to set up this meeting with Phoenix.

Kawhi Leonard racked up 65 points and 19 rebounds across Games 3 & 4 with Dallas before going down with injury. 

George averaged 31.8 points per game between Games 2 and 4 to be the driving force, and he was hot in Game 1 of this series, putting up 34 points in a 120-114 defeat.

George led LA in scoring with 26 points in Game 2, but he missed a couple of late free throws and that allowed Phoenix to escape with a 104-103 win.

The Clippers desperately need a win in Game 3 but they will have to get it without Leonard (knee) and Serge Ibaka (back).

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Verdict

Phoenix have taken the first two games but LA have not been blown out and they had their chances in Game 2.

The Clippers are on a good run at home, so if they can slow Booker again they could come out on top here.

Best Bet: Los Angeles Clippers Moneyline @-105.26 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: LA +3.5 & -219.5 Spread & Total Points @192.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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