This is getting a bit redundant.
With their backs up against the wall for the umpteenth time this postseason, the Los Angeles Clippers will look to extend their season one more game when they host the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday.
Facing elimination on Monday night, Paul George and the Clippers recorded a stunning 116-102 road win over Chris Paul and the Suns in Game 5 to cash in as a 6.5-point road underdog.
Now, with another date with their season on the line, LA will look to get it done at home in Game 6 as a surprising home dog. The NBA betting odds for this affair are live in the BetUS online sportsbook right now.
Let’s find out where that value lies right now.
Phoenix Suns at LA Clippers
When: Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET
Where: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Radio: ESPN RadioAM 570 KLAC/S: KWKW, KMVP 98.7 / S: KSUN
Phoenix Suns -1
LA Clippers +1
Game 4 Total: 214½
NBA Team Total Odds
LA Clippers 107
Booker, CP3 Need to Deliver for Suns
Up 3-1, Phoenix could have put an end to LA’s season on Monday night, but the Suns came up small despite getting a team-high 31 points from shooting guard Devin Booker and 22 points from future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul. The pair combined to shoot an underwhelming 17 for 41 in the loss, with Paul going 0 for 6 from three-point distance.
“We’ve got to be better,” Paul said. “They came out and they were the aggressors. They looked like us in Game 4. They hit us, they were too comfortable and we’ve got to be better.”
Blossoming center Deandre Ayton was held to 10 points and 11 rebounds in the loss while fellow starters Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder were held to five and four points, respectively. Phoenix was outscored 36-26 in the first quarter and was forced to play catch-up the remainder of the game despite taking a very brief lead for only seconds in the third quarter.
“It is just unacceptable the way we started the game,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “It was a big hole for us. It is pretty obvious that we can’t play with the show-up mentality. We showed up in the first quarter and they played with desperation.”
Phoenix Suns Total Trends
Under is 5-2 in the Suns’ last seven road games.
Over is 7-3 in the Suns’ last 10 games following a double-digit loss at home.
‘Playoff P’ In The Heezy
Los Angeles got the season-saving win because Paul “Playoff P” George — not “Pandemic P” — showed up in a big way. All-Star forward George scored a career playoff-high 41 points and Reggie Jackson added 23 points to help the feisty Clippers extend their season for at least one more game.
”The group of guys we’ve got, I love those guys. They compete every single night no matter who is on the floor,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. ”The work’s not done, but we came into a hostile environment and got a gritty win. We’ve got to do it again two more times.”
George scored a blistering 20 points in the third quarter to help LA stave off a furious comeback attempt by the Suns. Marcus Morris Sr., who played for Phoenix earlier in his career, added 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting.
LA Clippers Total Trends
Under is 5-2 in Clippers’ last seven vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Under is 7-3 in Clippers’ last 10 games following a straight-up win of more than 10 points.
Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles.
Game 6 Prediction
The under is 3-2 through five games with Phoenix managing to top its Game 6 team total of 108 just once — in Game 1 when they scored 114 points. The Clippers have surpassed their Game 6 team total of 107 points twice in the series, by scoring 114 points in Game 1 and 116 points in their Game 5 win on Monday.
The under is 4-0 in the Suns’ last four games following a straight-up loss and 5-2 in their last seven games overall. The under is 10-41 in the Clippers’ last 15 home games and 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these Pacific Division rivals.
With that said, I’m going with Los Angeles to get another season-saving win in what amounts to a relatively low-scoring affair that finishes under the game’s 214½-point total. Los Angeles is playing at home and is completely and utterly desperate and that means we’re going to see the Clippers at the very best.
I’m going with “Playoff P” to make another appearance to lead Los Angeles to the solid home win in a contest where the under plays out for everyone involved.