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Suns vs Clippers prediction – Game 1 (06/20/2021)

The Western Conference Finals are already starting on Sunday and we are in for a very interesting Suns vs Clippers duel in this stage of the playoffs. With that in mind, we have prepared a detailed look at the game, betting lines and odds, and our top Suns vs Clippers predictions.

Our Top Predictions and Picks for Suns vs Clippers

Just two days after they clinched a spot in the Conference Finals, the Clippers are already on the road to Phoenix for the first game against the Suns. To help you find the right bet for Game 1 of the series, we have selected our favorite Suns vs Clippers predictions and picks.

Lines and odds for NBA games are always changing, so check them with your bookie before you place a bet.

Suns vs Clippers Prediction

Clippers to Win on Spread (+4.5)

The Suns have been dominant in these playoffs, especially at home, so it’s not a surprise to seem them favored to win Game 1 (and the entire series). However, the likely absence of Chris Paul due to COVID protocols is going to be a huge problem for the Suns. On the bright side, Cameron Payne has done a good job in the playoffs so far, but Chris Paul is the Suns’ most experienced player and the leader of the team. Of course, the Clippers have their own problems with Kawhi Leonard being injured, but they’ve won the last two games against the Jazz without him, so they’ve had time to adjust. With that in mind, our top Suns vs Clippers prediction is for the Clippers to win Game 1 on spread.

Paul George Over 29.5 Total Points

The experienced guard stepped up after Kawhi Leonard went down with an injury and he averaged 32.5 points per game in the last two games of the Western Conference semis. If the Clippers are to keep their title aspirations alive, George has to keep going strongly and lead his team while Leonard is out. So, we expect Paul George to score at least 30 points in Game 1 of the Suns vs Clippers matchup.

Deandre Ayton Over 10.5 Total Rebounds

The Clippers are not known for having a lot to offer in their frontcourt – Ivica Zubac is their only true center, while Serge Ibaka is out for the season. So, the Clippers often opt for a smaller lineup, which could give Deandre Ayton a lot of space and many different opportunities under the basket. Ayton averaged 10.6 rebounds per game in the playoffs so far, dealing with Drummond, Davis, and Jokic along the way. So, we expect to see Ayton grab more than 10 rebounds in Game 1.

Suns vs Clippers preview – The first game of the Western Conference Finals

It’s a new dawn for the Suns and Clippers. The Suns have made the Conference Finals for the first time since 2010, while the Clippers will appear in them for the first time in the franchise history. So, let’s take a closer look at both teams:

Phoenix Suns

The Suns have come into the playoffs as the second seed in the West and they have been pretty convincing in both series so far – they eliminated Lakers in six games before sweeping the Nuggets in the Conference semis. So, the team is rightfully hoping of going all the way, but they are facing a serious problem since Chris Paul tested positive for COVID-19 and he is considered day-to-day ahead of Game 1 in the Suns vs Clippers series.

Los Angeles Clippers

After a disappointing exit in the Conference semis last season, the Clippers have finally reached the Conference Finals for the first time in history. Furthermore, the team reached this stage through much adversity – they were down 2-0 and 3-2 in the first round against the Mavericks and they won the last two games against the Jazz without Kawhi Leonard. According to some reports, Leonard will definitely miss Games 1 and 2 in the Suns vs Clippers series as well, while Serge Ibaka is out for the season.

Frequently asked questions for Suns vs Clippers

Where Will Game 1 of the Suns vs Clippers Series Be Played?

Game 1 of the Suns vs Clippers series will be played at the Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

When Is the Game Scheduled For?

The first game of the series will start on Sunday, June 20th, at 3:30 pm ET.

Which Team Is the Favorite In the Suns vs Clippers Series?

The Suns are favored to win the series at -205 odds.

About the author


Vladimir’s dreams of becoming a professional basketball player ended a long time ago, but his other dream of becoming a writer came true as he combined his love of writing and sports to become a professional content writer that covers multiple sports, including football, basketball, and tennis.