Everything was set up perfectly for the Phoenix Suns. They were up 3-1 with a chance to clinch a spot in the NBA Finals. They could have clinched the finals berth in front of a packed house full of Suns fans. It had been announced that Kawhi Leonard wouldn’t be playing, so the Suns didn’t have him to worry about. It looked like the Suns would have the perfect path to the NBA Finals. But then Paul George and Reggie Jackson had other thoughts, and the Clippers spoiled the Suns’ plans by winning Game 5 and sending the series back to Los Angeles for Game 6. Let’s take another look at both teams as they approach Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals so you can set down your bets against their NBA Conference Championship odds.
Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Clippers Game 6 Betting Preview
With the Suns leading 3-2, the Clippers know that they face another do-or-die scenario. Paul George had struggled in pressure situations throughout the series, but he came up huge in Game 5. George scored 41 points to help lead the Clippers to victory in Game 5 by a score of 116-102. George didn’t do it alone, as Reggie Jackson also played a big role in the Clippers’ win. Every time the Suns made a run, George or Jackson hit a big shot or made a big play to stop the Suns’ momentum. Boogie Cousins also played a key role in the victory, as he came off of the bench to score 15 points.
The Clippers have already come back from two 0-2 deficits in the playoffs, and now they’re looking to do it a third time. Monday night’s loss for the Suns was very deflating. They had a sell-out crowd that was ready to erupt at any time. Devin Booker and Chris Paul didn’t play really well, and the Suns only led for 20 seconds of the game. If they are going to clinch the series in LA, they’ll need to play much better and play with some urgency.
Unless something miraculous happens, we don’t anticipate seeing Kawhi Leonard in Game 6. It’s unlikely that we see Leonard for the rest of the season. Leonard hurt his knee in Game 4 of their series with the Utah Jazz. Classified as a right knee sprain, many are speculating that Leonard has an ACL issue. Leonard had been playing at an elite level up until his injury. He had been averaging 30 points and eight rebounds per game.
As for the Phoenix Suns, they’ll need to improve their defense if they want to win Game 6. They gave up a lot of easy baskets in Game 5. The Clippers were able to get into the paint at will, and the Suns just didn’t have an answer for the dribble penetration of Los Angeles. Devin Booker was particularly poor on the defensive end. He was guarding Paul for a large chunk of his 41 points.
Being an elimination game for the Clippers, they’ll need to pull out all of the stops. Even though the Suns would love to clinch the conference in front of their home fans, they would much rather get it done in Game 6. Winning in Los Angeles will be a tough task, and we’ll see if the Suns have what it takes to get back to their first NBA Finals since 1993.