Suns vs Clippers Game 3 Expert Picks, Odds, and Predictions
After a dramatic win in game 2, the Phoenix Suns head to Los Angeles to battle the Clippers in game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Before we get to the Suns vs Clippers Game 3 expert picks, we have to take a look at the odds, trends, and latest news surrounding the series.
Chris Paul is Back
Hall-of-Famer Chris Paul has been sidelined for the first two games due to the COVID health and safety protocol, but he has confirmed that he will be back for game 3.
BREAKING: Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul intends to make his return for Game 3 of WCF against the Los Angeles Clippers barring unforeseen setback, league sources tell @YahooSports. https://t.co/UgzGxX4aaZ
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 23, 2021
The presence of Paul in the lineup is an obvious plus. He is a leader and a distributor that can draw fouls and add an extra scoring punch. However, the first game back for a player of Paul’s caliber can be difficult. It is still uncertain how much time he will be able to play and how much he will be able to contribute in his first game back.
Suns vs Clippers Odds and Trends
Although Paul is back in the lineup, online sportsbook MyBookie has the Clippers getting -1 point favorite status. This has changed. When the point spread was originally posted, the Suns were the favorites. But the trends this is a spot that is ideal for LA.
The Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a home underdog. They have been an automatic bet in the postseason cashing 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Suns vs Clippers Game 3 Expert Picks
Our picks have been on point for this series. We correctly predicted that the Suns would cover in game 1 and Booker delivered with a superstar performance. We backed the underdog Clippers in game 2 and cashed again. Now it’s all about game 3 and the return of Paul to the Sun’s lineup. But the Suns will have to adjust with Paul back and that gives the Clippers an opening.
The Clippers are 21-11 after a loss as an underdog in the last 32 games and Paul George will be looking for redemption after missing two costly free throws late in game 2. The Clippers will be powered by the home crowd and will sneak out a closely fought victory at home.
Pick: Clippers – 1