Mikal Bridges and the Suns look to get up 3-0 on the Clippers Thursday night. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
- The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers play Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on June 24th
- Phoenix leads the series 2-0 following two wins in Arizona & get Chris Paul back in the lineup from COVID protocols
- Read below for the latest player props and best bets
Heading into Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, the Phoenix Suns are two wins away from the NBA Finals. The Los Angeles Clippers must overturn a 2-0 deficit for a third straight series if they are to progress.
Even as they return home, however, the Clippers are narrow underdogs for Game 3.
Chris Paul’s status has been upgraded to probable. The future Hall of Fame point guard had been in health and safety protocol. The Clippers remain without Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka, forcing Ty Lue into some difficult rotation decisions.
Suns vs Clippers Game 3 Player Props
|PHO vs LAC||Points||Rebounds||Assists||Three Pointers Made|
|Devin Booker (PHO)||28.5 (O -112 | U -108)||5.5 (O -130 | U +106)||4.5 (O -114 | U -106)||2.5 (O +142 | U -184)|
|Deandre Ayton (PHO)||15.5 (O -116 | U -104)||10.5 (O -110 | U -110)||1.5 (O +180 | U -225)||OFF|
|Mikal Bridges (PHO)||11.5 (O -102 | U -120)||3.5 (O -128 | U +104)||1.5 (O -110 | U -110)||1.5 (O -148 | U +116)|
|Paul George (LAC)||30.5 (O -116 | U -104)||8.5 (O +100 | U -122)||5.5 (O +102 | U -124)||2.5 (O -170 | U +132)|
|Reggie Jackson (LAC)||19.5 (O +100 | U -122)||3.5 (O -128 | U +104)||3.5 (O -144 | U +118)||2.5 (O -164 | U +128)|
|Marcus Morris (LAC)||11.5 (O -110 | U -110)||4.5 (O +118 | U -144)||1.5 (O +180 | U -225)||1.5 (O -130 | U +102)|
Odds as of Jun 24
Bridges Keeps Shooting
With three made threes on 11 perimeter shots in this series so far, betting the over on 1.5 Mikal Bridges threes might seem reckless. Bridges isn’t heaving at the end of the clock for those looks, however.
He’s getting good shots in the flow of the offense, and has underperformed his expected scoring according to ShotQuality.com.
The Sixers traded Mikal Bridges because they thought Zhaire Smith would be just as good and now Mikal is better than Ben Simmons.
— Mike Vigil (@protectedpick) June 19, 2021
With the Clippers defense occasionally opting to trap Devin Booker, Bridges is one of the primary beneficiaries. Often spotting up in the corner, he’s getting the ball when the Clippers defense is forced to rotate. He’s a good, bordering on great, shooter too. The Suns wing shot 42.5% on three-point attempts in the regular season.
Bridges has made over 1.5 threes in eight games this postseason. He hit this over in the first five games of the first round. While he has cooled off from deep over the last few outings, there’s value in backing that cold streak to come to an end. Even when his shot hasn’t been falling, the Suns are still getting him plenty of open shots.
Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, and Cam Johnson are all age 25-or-under.
Phoenix is going to be good for a very long time.
— Evan Sidery (@esidery) June 20, 2021
Chris Paul’s return is a factor to consider, of course. Perhaps it means Bridges gets fewer shots, but it also increases the likelihood of the shots he takes being good ones. The Clippers defense is being forced to collapse by Booker’s drives and Deandre Ayton’s interior presence – the Suns should knockdown plenty of outside shots in Game 3.
- Pick: Mikal Bridges over 1.5 made threes (-148)
Ayton Dominates Again
What a postseason this has been for Deandre Ayton. Dominant at both ends, the former first overall pick has been a decisive factor in the two wins over the Clippers, scoring 44 points in the series so far. Only Devin Booker and Paul George have scored more.
Game-winning tip-in with 0.7 left
The @Suns take a 2-0 lead in the #NBAWCF presented by AT&T! #ThatsGame
Game 3 – Thursday, 9pm/et, ESPN pic.twitter.com/ZcIMKsPgDP
— NBA (@NBA) June 23, 2021
Ayton’s presence forced Ty Lue to start Ivica Zubac in Game 2. The Clippers have been unable to cope with Ayton when they have gone small – he grabbed 14 rebounds in Game 1, and has been destructive rolling to the basket. That’s before we even mention his perfect timing and athleticism to score the game-winner a couple of days ago.
Even if Lue opts to match Zubac’s minutes with Ayton’s, it’s reasonable to expect yet more big numbers from Phoenix’s center. He’s grabbed every rebound that drops anywhere near him. He’s showed off improved touch around the basket and been able to punish switches.
This angle of Deandre Ayton’s game-winner 🤯
(via beauroth/IG) pic.twitter.com/cSWeDfIb8Y
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 23, 2021
FanDuel has the line at 26.5 for Ayton’s rebounds and points in Game 3. This seems very low. He was at 38 in Game 2 and 29 in Game 1. Perhaps Ayton has fewer shots with Chris Paul back in the lineup, but Paul’s presence should also create more space, and potentially free up more lob opportunities. There’s good value in backing the over here.
- Pick: Deandre Ayton over 26.5 points and rebounds (-116)
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