Will Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns send Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers packing on Monday night? Could the Clippers make another comeback to extend their season another game after doing so in each of their playoff series this postseason?
With Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals looking like another fun-filled installment of what has been a compelling series through four games, one thing’s for sure. The NBA betting total and props odds for this affair are offering a bunch of value in the BetUS online sportsbook. Let’s find our top three picks on the board right now.
LA Clippers at Phoenix Suns
When: Monday, 9 p.m. ET
Where: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, AZ
Radio: ESPN RadioKMVP 98.7 / S: KSUN, KEIB 1150 / S: KWKW
LA Clippers +5½
Phoenix Suns -5½
Team, Game Total Odds
LA Clippers 104½
Phoenix Suns 110
Game 5 Total: 214½
LA Clippers Trends
Clippers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following an ATS loss.
Clippers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games as a road underdog.
Over is 4-0 in Clippers last four games as an underdog.
Over is 5-1 in Clippers last six overall.
First Quarter Margin of Victory
Clippers To Win By 3 or More Points +220
Suns To Win By 3 or More Points – Ev
Any Other Result +250
Analysis: The Suns were tied at 21 apiece with LA after one quarter in Game 1. Phoenix won the first quarter 25-22 in Game 2 and 29-20 in Game 4 on Saturday. Los Angeles won the first quarter of Game 3 by the score of 29-21.
With the Suns led by a raucous home crowd in Game 5 on Monday, I’m going with Phoenix as the easy pick to win the first quarter by three or more at even money. This one’s a no-brainer if you ask me.
Pick: Suns to Win By 3 or More Points – Ev
Phoenix Suns Trends
Suns are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win.
Suns are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as a home favorite.
Suns are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Under is 8-3-1 in Suns’ last 12 home games against a team with a winning road record.
Under is 5-2 in Suns’ last 7 overall.
First Half Race to 30 Points
Analysis: Again, with the Suns fueled by their home crowd and a desire to put Los Angeles away before they start to build any belief that they can pull off the upset, I’m going with CP3 and the clearly hungry Suns to easily reach the 30-point plateau before free-throw missing “Playoff P” and the Clippers. Yes, it’s that simple.
Pick: Suns -175
Clippers are 16-7 ATS in the last 23 meetings.
Over is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Phoenix.
Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
Suns to win by 3-6 pts +500
Suns to win by 7-9 pts +700
Suns to win by 10-13 pts +600
Analysis: Phoenix is a 5.5-point favorite to get it done in Game 5 and I believe the Suns will narrowly cover the chalk. However, just when they’re done, the Clippers seem to fight even harder, so I’m not expecting a blowout of epic proportions. The 7-9-point margin of victory looks great to me, plus it’s offering a healthy +700 return. The best wager may be to drop some cash on both the 3-6-point margin and the 7-9-point margin. A 10-13-point win would bring back a +600 return, but again, I’m expecting Los Angeles to put up a fight.