Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul returned for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals after missing the first two games while in the NBA health and safety protocol. Photo: @Suns (Twitter)
- The Phoenix Suns visit the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at 9:00 p.m. ET Saturday at the Staples Center
- The Suns, who lead 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, are 0.5-point favorites
- The top player prop bets available can be found below
The Los Angeles Clippers will look to even the Western Conference Finals at two games apiece when they meet the Phoenix Suns at 9:00 p.m. ET Saturday in Game 4 at the Staples Center.
The Clippers got their first win of the best-of-seven series on Thursday in Game 3, 106-92 as 1.5-point underdogs. The Suns are again slight favorites in Game 4 with the spread at 1 and an over/under of 218.
Paul George led the Clippers on Thursday with 27 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists. Reggie Jackson added 23 points and Ivica Zubac finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
The Suns were topped by Deandre Ayton’s 18 points and nine rebounds. Chris Paul contributed 15 points and 12 assists.
Suns vs Clippers Game 4 Player Props
|Suns vs Clippers||Points||Rebounds||Assists||Three-pointers made|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||27.5 (O -110 | U -112)||5.5 (O +106 | U -130)||4.5 (O -122 | U +100)||2.5 (O +152 | U -196)|
|Chris Paul (PHX)||18.5 (O -104 | U -118)||4.5 (O +120 | U -148)||9.5 (O -144 | U +118)||1.5 (O -111 | U -115)|
|Deandre Ayton (PHX)||16.5 (O -108 | U -114)||10.5 (O +104 | U -128)||0.5 (O -200 | U +160)||OFF|
|Mikal Bridges (PHX)||11.5 (O -124 | U +102)||3.5 (O -144 | U +118)||1.5 (O +116 | U -142)||1.5 (O -162 | U +126)|
|Jae Crowder (PHX)||9.5 (O -116 | U -106)||4.5 (O -140 | U +112)||1.5 (O -105 | U -115)||OFF|
|Paul George (LAC)||29.5 (O -108 | U -112)||8.5 (O -118 | U -104)||5.5 (O -115 | U -105)||2.5 (O -170 | U +132)|
|Reggie Jackson (LAC)||19.5 (O -110 | U -110)||3.5 (O -112 | U -108)||3.5 (O -138 | U +112)||3.5 (O +116 | U -148)|
|Ivica Zubac (LAC)||11.5 (O +104 | U -128)||9.5 (O -144 | U +118)||OFF||OFF|
|Terance Mann (LAC)||11.5 (O +106 | U -128)||3.5 (O -144 | U +118)||1.5 (O +164 | U -205)||1.5 (O +162 | U -210)|
|Patrick Beverley (LAC)||7.5 (O -118 | U -104)||2.5 (O +118 | U -144)||OFF||1.5 (O +126 | U -162)|
Odds as of June 26th from FanDuel
Limiting The Point God’s Minutes
Paul played 38:48 in Game 3, which was more than anticipated after he sat out the first two games of the series because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
His trash-talking game showed no rust.
Chris Paul and Paul George chirping between plays 👀 pic.twitter.com/JthzMBY72U
— ESPN (@espn) June 25, 2021
Suns coach Monty Williams says he wants to curtail Paul’s playing time Saturday. However, that could be easier said than done as backup point guard Cameron Payne, who torched the Clippers for 29 points and nine assists in Game 1, was limited to 4:19 in Game 3 because of a left ankle injury.
Williams reported that Payne was feeling better Friday. However, it will be difficult to resist taking Paul off the floor.
As mentioned above, Paul dished out 12 assists in Game 3. The “Point God” averaged 8.9 dimes in the regular season and his average is slightly above that in the playoffs at 9.0.
It’s been awhile since I made a full YouTube video, but I had to do something after watching Chris Paul this past series.
The Greatness of Chris Paul – preview clip below. I’m proud of this one.
On YouTube in 50 minutes: https://t.co/hCKymrXPas#Suns #CP3 pic.twitter.com/8gZAf2FAlc
— Suns Video Breakdown (@SunsVideo) June 19, 2021
The Suns need to play the long game here with Paul, who is 36 years old, to keep him fresh through what they hope will be a run to the franchise’s first title, though. Look for his minutes to decrease in Game 4 as well as his assists total.
- The Pick: Paul Under 9.5 Assists (-118)
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Zubac Back for Clippers
Clippers big man Ivica Zubac barely played in the last two games of the Wester Conference semifinals when Los Angeles knocked off the top-seeded Utah Jazz in six games.
Zubac, though, has certainly been a factor in this series. He has played at least 30 minutes in two of the first three games, including posting the double-double Thursday.
📊 15 PTS / 16 REB / 2 BLK@ivicazubac was a presence in the paint. pic.twitter.com/gyOc6GM4Ei
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) June 25, 2021
The 16 rebounds in Game 3 were a playoff career high for the three-year veteran. He is averaging 12.7 points and 10.0 rebounds in the series.
While Zubac’s primary role is on defense, where he is being asked to slow down Deandre Ayton, the native of Bosnia and Herzegovina is putting up solid numbers. Look for Zubac to again make a notable contribution on the offensive end.
- The Pick: Zubac Over 11.5 Point (+104)
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