After tying the series up in Game 2, the Suns are on the road to LA where they take on the Clippers for Game 3 of the Western Conference first round. The game is expected to tip-off at 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, April 20th, 2023.
Given how tight the first two games were, its no surprise the Suns are only a 2.5 point favorite, with many thinking this will turn out to be another close game.
This is a crucial Game 3 for both teams as they fight to contend for the NBA Championship.
In their last matchup, the Suns took a commanding 123-109 victory, with shooting guard Devin Booker putting on an impressive display of 38 points. Forward Kawhi Leonard was the Clippers’ top performer with 31 points.
LAC have been strong in conference play, with a record of 27-25, but have struggled against teams over .500, going 20-25.
The Suns have a 23-24 record against such teams, and a 9-7 record against Pacific Division opponents.
Russell Westbrook has been a top performer for the Clippers, averaging 15.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 7.5 assists. Leonard has also been in good form, averaging 23.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and four assists over the past 10 games.
Kevin Durant has been the Suns’ leading scorer with 13.5 points per game and 4.5 rebounds, while Chris Paul has been making 1.7 three-pointers per game over the last 10 games.
In their last 10 games, the Clippers have gone 6-4, averaging 118.7 points per game and shooting 49.9 percent from the field. However, their opponents have averaged 119.5 points per game. The Suns have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games, averaging 114.0 points per game and shooting 46.9 percent from the field, while holding their opponents to an average of 108.7 points per game.
With both teams evenly matched and the series tied, this game is set to be a nail-biter. Look for the Clippers to try and come out strong at home, while the Suns will aim to continue their recent good form.
ODDS AND PREDICTIONS
The Suns come into this game as -140 favorites on the money line, and they are the better team in this matchup. In the regular season, Phoenix won both games in Los Angeles, and as a road favorite, they had a strong 12-7 record.
On the other hand, the Clippers were just 4-6 as a home underdog. The Suns had a strong performance in Game 2, shooting the ball well and taking care of the ball, which they did not do in Game 1.
Although the Clippers are a solid defensive team, but the Suns have too many weapons on offense and will be able to find open shots. Therefore, its recommended taking the Suns to win on the money line.
But remember, it’s important to keep in mind that sports betting always involves a degree of risk, and there’s no guarantee that the Suns will be able to repeat the success they had on the pick-n-roll in Game 2. As always, it’s essential to do your research and make an informed decision based on the available data.
Spread: Suns -2.5
Moneyline: Suns -142, Clippers +120
Pick: Suns ML
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