Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns Game 5 Prediction, NBA Odds

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NBA: Playoffs-Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Clippers

Will the sun set on the Clipper’s season in Game 5 on Tuesday? Phoenix will look to put them to the sword at home.

April 25, 2023, 10:00 PM ET
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Pointspread +12.5 -110
Moneyline +497
Over / Under o +225.5


Betting Action


Pointspread -12.5 -110
Moneyline -631
Over / Under u +225.5


Betting Action


It’s been a rough sequence of events for LA since capturing Game 1 over a week ago. Maybe part of the problem is that the early victory caught Phoenix’s attention and the latter hasn’t taken the Clippers lightly since, winning the fourth bout 112-100. Then there is the elephant in the room: Kawhi Leonard’s absence in games 3 and 4 and his uncertain status for the fifth tilt.

The host Suns are heavily favoured to get this series over with as they sit at -12.0 on the NBA odds. The total is 224.0.

Clippers vs. Suns NBA Playoffs Betting Odds

No one should be surprised that Monty Williams’ Suns currently cost -10,000 on the series line given where the chips lay through four games. The Clippers have their work cut out for them at +1286.

Leonard, the enigmatic superstar, is still listed as Day-to-Day. That is the biggest X-factor in the series. He was stupendous in the first two games even though LA only won one, and his absence was felt at home where the Clippers put in admirable performances twice but to no avail. If some of the players on this roster can hold their hats onto anything, it’s a Game 5 win in Phoenix two years ago in the Western Conference final. Granted, LA was eliminated at home in game 6, but that bridge will be crossed if the Clippers ever get to it.

There are a lot of players from that 2021 Suns squad still around, as well as the head coach. They know what it’s like to have the Clippers where they want them and let an opportunity to finish them off expediently slip away. Furthermore, they let the Pelicans hand around for longer than necessary in last year’s first-round series. One assumes there is an incentive to demonstrate that they don’t make a habit of playing with their food.

Los Angeles Clippers

Without Leonard or Paul George, the Clippers can only do so much. It’s almost unfair, especially given that Russell Westbrook in playing some of his basketball in years.

Game 4 was yet another contest that started brightly for the undermanned Los Angeles club. They led 30-23 after the opening stanza, which was great, except that they had led early other times in this series and didn’t win. Westbrook has more than re-earned good graces in this series, and his Game 4 performance was once again excellent. He went 17-for-29 for 37 points (team lead), to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Four turnovers didn’t help though. Norman Powell couldn’t replicate his stellar Game 3 outing, finishing with only 14 points. In fact, no other Clipper came close to Westbrook’s production. Rebounding matters, especially at this time of year. Losing that battle 49 to 33 was always going to hurt them.

Phoenix Suns

It was a business-like victory in Game 4. 112-100 is not insulting toward the losing side nor overwhelmingly impressive for the winning team. Just the sort of score that lets anyone who didn’t follow the contest know that it was “kind of” close but the Suns got the job done.

Devin Booker didn’t go out of his mind this time, but the mere fact that 30 points felt slightly under par for him says enough. While Kevin Durant led his side with 31 points, it was Chris Paul who, much like he did in Game 2, provided the late-game spark Phoenix needed to pull away. Scoring 19 won’t bat many eyes, but his ruthless efficiency and majestic buckets broke Clipper spirits. One in particular late in the fourth quarter – a spin-around fadeaway as the shot clock expired – was the kind of shot that won’t go in 99 times out of 100. This just happened to the one exception. The Suns didn’t cruise to a 112-100, but nor did they ever seem especially concerned. Up 3-1, they can get the job done.

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