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Clippers vs Suns Game 5 Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Phoenix Looks to Close Out Series

The Phoenix Suns are in a commanding position, up 3-1, so they look to close out the series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

NBA betting markets have the Suns at -12, which is a sizable line, but with injuries to the Clippers’ stars, it’s expected from the sportsbook.

Clippers vs Suns Game 5 Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks
Clippers vs Suns Game 5 Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Shorthanded Clippers Put to the Test

Dealing with injuries has been the norm for the Los Angeles Clippers, but that’s what you have to expect when you sign Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.

They’re dealing with those injuries at the wrong time of the season, which is why NBA odds have them at +12 in a pivotal Game 5.

Having won the first game of the series 115-110, the horizon looked bright for Los Angeles. However, after three consecutive losses, including two at home, it’s a long way back from the visitors.

It hasn’t been all bad though. The Clippers’ recent losses have come by five and two points, so it’s not like they’re getting blown off the court. However, those losses came at home, and they were beaten 123-109 in their most recent game in Phoenix.

The defense needs to stand up, but being shorthanded could seal their fate. It would take a mammoth effort for the Clippers to win Tuesday’s game, and it would take a big effort to cover the sports betting spread.

Coming to their rescue has been Russell Westbrook, who scored 37 points in Game 4. He has shown the NBA that he’s still a quality player, but a 40-point effort might be needed.

Sun Suddenly Shining

Losing the opening game at home can result in panic stations, but credit the Phoenix Suns for bouncing back and keeping their heads.

NBA lines have suddenly firmed their odds to win the NBA championship, especially with the Milwaukee Bucks dealing with an injury to Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Suns won’t want this series to go any longer than necessary, so expect Kevin Durant and Devin Booker to come out hot. They need to knock down their shots to cover the -12 spread, but they might not face much resistance.

If the Suns get off to a hot start, the Clippers will be chasing, and with Westbrook, their best scoring option, the Clippers could be all at sea.

It’s definitely good when we all three (Durant, Booker, Chris Paul) are aggressive. We all did a solid job,” Durant said. “We’re still growing and still trying to learn each other.

The last time the Suns were -12 favorites against the Clippers, they won 103-96 but failed to cover the line. That’s a concern for bettors looking to take the home side, so just because the Suns are the better team doesn’t mean they’ll win by 13 or more.

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Clippers vs Suns Head-to-Head

The Suns have won three straight after the Clippers won the opener. The teams split four regular-season meetings, with the road team winning each time.

Clippers vs Suns Game Information

  • Game: Clippers (45-41) vs Sun (48-38)
  • Day/Time: Tuesday, April 25, 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Clippers vs Suns Live stream: NBA Game Pass

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Clippers vs Suns Betting Lines

Clippers vs Suns Picks and Prediction

We are taking the Suns -12 because the momentum is on their side.

Despite online gambling markets opening the line in the double digits, we think it’s the best line bettors will get, so include it in our NBA picks.

We also fancy under 224 as we can’t see the Clippers scoring at will.

Los Angeles is listed at +520 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Clippers, there’s a chance to win $520. Phoenix is -750, offering a chance to win $13 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Los Angeles a 16.13% chance to win, with the Suns at 88.24%.

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A lot depends on the health of Leonard for NBA picks. If he plays, the Clippers have a good chance to make this game competitive, but if they don’t have their leading scorer, the Suns should win and take a 3-1 lead in the series.

If Leonard does not play, expect a similar outcome to Game 3, which had the Suns offensively taking over and doing more than enough to win a close game.

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