Los Angeles Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Game 4 Prediction and Odds: 2023 NBA Playoffs

The Los Angeles Clippers have been resilient during these NBA playoffs, but they face a real possibility of falling behind 3-1 to the Phoenix Suns this Saturday afternoon. The Clippers will again have to make do without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

These odds from William Hill were correct at the time of writing.

Los Angeles Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Prediction
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Los Angeles Clippers vs Phoenix Suns – Game Predictions

The Suns are a 7.5-point road favorite in Game 4. In Game 3, the Clippers became the first team in the last 46 NBA playoff games to cover the spread in a losing effort, but they may have a hard time repeating that effort.

Prediction 1: Phoenix Suns to Cover the Spread (-7.5)

Slow starts have prevented Phoenix from blowing these games out, and in the last two games, Devin Booker is vastly outplaying his teammates to give the Suns back-to-back wins. But it just feels unlikely that the Clippers can keep up this production from Norman Powell and Russell Westbrook, who combined for 72 points in Game 3. Phoenix’s great talent collection should outlast the shorthanded Clippers in this one, producing a cover and 3-1 lead for the favored Suns.

Prediction 2: Devin Booker Over 4.5 Assists

Devin Booker has been incredible with 38 and 45 points in the last two games, but this is a chance to take advantage of the Clippers trying to slow him down by making him become more of a playmaker to set up his teammates. Booker had over 4.5 assists in 37-of-53 games (69.8%) this regular season, and he already had 9 assists in Game 2 of this series. Look for his scoring to come down and assists to go up as he hits his over.

Clippers vs Suns Preview – Can Powell Put on Another Show?

Booker has been so spectacular with 36.3 points per game that we overlook Kevin Durant averaging 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists in his first playoff run with Phoenix. This is a lot to ask for the Clippers to beat without their two best players, but Norman Powell was outstanding with 42 points in Game 3.

Los Angeles Clippers News, Injuries, and Starting Lineups

The Clippers continue to get bad injury news with Leonard set to miss his second game in a row. The load management the Clippers specialized in has not paid off at all with George and Leonard sidelined for most of this first-round playoff series. It is up to Westbrook and Powell to lead the team against a Phoenix team with three probable Hall of Famers.

Los Angeles Clippers Injury Report:

  • Kawhi Leonard (knee) is out for the second game in a row
  • Paul George (leg) remains out for the first round

Los Angeles Clippers Starting Lineup:

Russell Westbrook, Norman Powell, Eric Gordon, Ivica Zubac, and Nicolas Batum.

Phoenix Suns News, Injuries, and Starting Lineups

The Suns are staying healthy and in great shape to go up 3-1 in this series. They have not played their best basketball against a competitive Clippers team, but the talent of Booker, Durant, Paul, and Ayton is just too much for a team missing its two best players to overcome. The only area the Clippers have an advantage is they shoot the three more often and are plus-10 in made threes through Game 3.

Phoenix Suns Injury Report:

  • Cameron Payne (back) is questionable

Phoenix Suns Starting Lineup:

Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Torrey Craig, Kevin Durant, and Deandre Ayton.

Clippers vs Suns Head to Head Record In 2023

The Suns are 4-3 against the Clippers this season. Oddly enough, the road team is 6-1 in the season series between these two this year.

Los Angeles Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Game Details

Los Angeles Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Prediction

  • Date & Time: Saturday, April 22, 2023, 03:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Arena – Los Angeles, California
  • Where to watch match in UK: Sky Sports (TV), fuboTV, or other live stream

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Scott Kacsmar

Scott lives in Pittsburgh and has two decades of experience with analyzing NFL data, NBA data, and writing data-driven articles and predictions. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN Insider, and FiveThirtyEight.