Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns Game 2 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 21, 2021

With Kawhi Leonard out of the lineup, Paul George will need to step up and be 'the guy" if the Clippers have a shot to beat Phoenix.

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June 22, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Phoenix
51-21
Pointspread +4.5 -110
Moneyline +160
Over / Under o +223

38%

Betting Action

62%

Pointspread -4.5 -110
Moneyline -190
Over / Under u +223

38%

Betting Action

62%

Devin Booker picked a great time for his first career triple-double, as he dropped 40 points to take Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.  The Phoenix Suns cruised to a 120-114 win over the L.A. Clippers and will look for another strong outing in Game 2 on Tuesday.  Phoenix had a week off to rest up for the series after sweeping the Denver Nuggets, while the Clippers had a quick two-day turnaround after taking out the Utah Jazz in six games.

Phoenix is a 6-point favourite to win Game 2 on the NBA odds, with a total of 224.

Clippers vs. Suns NBA Playoff Odds

L.A. has been steadily going above the number, hitting the Over in five of their last six games overall and six of their last nine on the road.  They’re 4-1 against the spread in their last five games and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games in Phoenix.  The Game 1 loss dropped the Clips to +330 series underdogs.

The Suns look like they’re gunning for a second straight series sweep.  Phoenix is on an eight-game winning streak and has only dropped two games in the postseason (both to the Lakers in Round 1).  They’ve been absolutely dominant at home, going 18-2 straight up in their last 20 games at Phoenix Suns Arena.  The Suns are now heavy -556 series favourites.

Los Angeles Clippers

Despite missing Kawhi Leonard, L.A. gave Phoenix a run for their money in Game 1.  Paul George stepped up from tip-off, scoring a game-high 17 points in the first half and adding another 15 points in the third quarter alone.  George cooled off in the fourth quarter, going 0-for-5 from the field, but he still finished the game with a team-high 34 points, knocking down seven 3-pointers.  He also added five assists, four boards and two steals.  With Leonard out indefinitely, George will need to be “the guy” for the Clippers in this series.

After Terance Mann’s heroics in Game 6 against Utah, he earned the start on Sunday in place of Leonard.  Unfortunately, Mann got off to a slow start, finishing the first half with just three points.  He did eventually pick things up down the final stretch of the game, finishing with nine points and knocking down all three of his 3-point attempts, including a clutch shot to keep L.A. in the game in the final seconds.  With Leonard looking like he won’t be back anytime soon, it’s going to be crucial going forward in this series for Mann to fill the void and help George out with some secondary scoring.

Phoenix Suns

After scoring a combined 62 points in Game’s 3 and 4 of the Denver series, Booker picked up right where he left off in Game 1 on Sunday.  The 24-year-old star was a force all over the court, putting up a game-high 40 points, along with 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double.  Booker shot 15-for-29 from the field, 3-for-7 from beyond the arc and 7-for-7 from the charity stripe.  He is only the third player in NBA history to have a 40-point triple-double in the playoffs before turning 25.  In his first postseason ever, Booker is proving he’s a big game player and he’ll be a major factor in how this series unfolds.

Deandre Ayton is another key piece of this Phoenix roster.  The 22-year-old emerging star abused L.A.’s small-ball lineup and finished the first half with 14 points and four rebounds on 7-for-8 shooting from the field.  Ayton eventually finished the game with 20 points, nine boards and two assists, shooting 10-for-14 from the field.  The Suns have an advantage in whatever way the Clippers attempt to cover Ayton, so look for the Ayton matchup to get more important as the series continues.

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