Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers Game 4 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 25, 2021

Patrick Beverley's defensive coverage of Devin Booker over the last two games has been the difference maker as L.A. has cut the Suns' series lead to 2-1 heading into Game 4.

Phoenix
51-21
AT
June 26, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Staples Center
Pointspread +1 -115
Moneyline -112
Over / Under o +217.5

61%

Betting Action

39%

Pointspread -1 -105
Moneyline -108
Over / Under u +217.5

61%

Betting Action

39%

With Kawhi Leonard still out of the lineup, Paul George came up big again on Thursday as the L.A. Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 106-92 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  It was the third straight Game 3 the Clippers have won in this postseason, after trailing 2-0 for the third straight series.  The Phoenix Suns now lead the best-of-7 Western Conference Final 2-1 heading into Saturday’s Game 4 in L.A.

This game opened as a pick’em on the NBA odds with the moneyline an identical -110 for both teams.  The total is set at 219.

Suns vs. Clippers NBA Playoff Odds

Despite being the road team and coming off a loss, just under 70 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are taking Phoenix in Game 4.  There’s no strong consensus on the Over/Under as it’s split down the middle.  Between regular season and playoffs, four of the last six games between these teams have gone Under, including the last two.

Thursday’s loss broke a nine-game winning streak for Phoenix, dating back to Game 3 of their first-round series against the L.A. Lakers.  They’ve covered in eight of their last 10 games overall, but only five of their last 13 against the Clippers.  The total has gone Under in four of the Suns’ last six games.  Phoenix is now a -455 favourite to win the series and a +137 favourite to win the NBA Championship.

The Clips have crushed Phoenix at the Staples Center over the last few years, winning 14 of their last 15 home games against the Suns.  L.A. is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games.  The Clippers are now fairly significant underdogs to win the series at +300.  They’re +650 to win the NBA Championship.

Phoenix Suns

Game 3 wasn’t all bad news for Phoenix as it saw Chris Paul play his first game of the series after spending over a week in the league’s health and safety protocols.  Paul didn’t look like he was feeling much rust, finishing the game with 15 points and 12 rebounds.  Unfortunately for the Suns, the return of CP3 also saw the loss of Game 2 hero, Cameron Payne. After putting up a game-high 29 points on Tuesday, Payne left Game 3 early with a left ankle injury.  There’s no word on his availability for Game 4, so it’s a situation worth monitoring.

Devin Booker had an uncharacteristically sloppy night on Thursday.  He struggled to shoot, going 2-for-10 in the first and finishing the game with 15 points on 21 shots.  It was only the third time in his career that he played at least 40 minutes and scored 15 or less points.  The poor performance could, at least in part, be explained by the broken nose Booker suffered in Game 2 after a collision with Clippers guard Patrick Beverley.  Booker didn’t blame the performance on his nose or the mask he was forced to wear, but it’s easy to see Beverley’s defence is getting to him.  Over the last two games, Booker has only shot 3-for-15 with Beverley guarding him.

Deandre Ayton was Phoenix’s best player.  He continued his strong postseason, finishing Game 3 with a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds and was 9-for-13 from the field.

Los Angeles Clippers

There were plenty of questions about George’s ability in the playoffs after last year’s early exit for the Clippers, but he’s putting them all to rest in 2021.  George was a force on both ends of the floor in Game 3, finishing with a game-high 27 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.  With Leonard’s knee injury likely keeping him out for the entire series, PG13 is going to determine if L.A. can move on and make their first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history.

Reggie Jackson has been a surprisingly important player for the Clippers in the playoffs.  Jackson is averaging 18 points per game in the postseason and put up 23 points on 9-for-17 shooting on Thursday, including a dagger three near the end of the game.  Beverley’s overall play has also made a big difference.  He’s singlehandedly shutdown Booker, while also hitting big shots.  What’s even more impressive, is he didn’t even start the postseason in the rotation.

NBA Playoff Prediction: Who Will Win Suns vs. Clippers?

SportsInteraction