NBA Playoff Betting — Clippers-Suns: Will Beverley Be a Hill Too Big to Climb Again?

The Los Angeles Clippers made a very bold statement in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, as they hung 60 points on the Phoenix Suns in the second half. The statement was that they could crawl back into this best-of-seven even without their most potent weapon, Kawhi Leonard.

So what do they have in store for the Suns in Game 4? And will we see something more substantial out of Chris Paul, who came back from some time out of the lineup on Thursday?

BetOnline customers have a lot to mull over as these teams meet at 9:05 PM ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

And there is the opportunity to play a lot of props on this game, and to also take advantage of real-time wagers through the “Live Betting” tab at the top of the sportsbook interface.

One of the things that was characteristic of Game 3 was the shooting inaccuracy of the big stars. Paul George of the Clippers made just nine of his 26 shots from the field. Devin Booker was 5-for-21 and Chris Paul 5-for-19 for the Suns.

And so who can come back with a better game?

That’s obviously a key as we get ready for a game that can give the Clippers a lot of life.

In the NBA playoff betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at BetOnline, the Clippers are a slight favorite:

Los Angeles Clippers -1 (-112)
Phoenix Suns +1 (-108)

Over 218 points -110
Under 218 points -110

We have been going on and on about the value of having Patrick Beverley on the roster, and that Clippers coach Ty Lue, for whatever reason, wasn’t using him enough.

But now Beverley is much more of a factor, because he has been a genuine pain in the ass to Devin Booker. And there is no little guy in the NBA who can be as much of a pain in the ass as Beverley.

In fact, he was, well, a pain in the schnozz as well. In diving for a ball, he broke Booker’s nose, and that has caused the Phoenix All-Star to wear a protective mask. And while Booker can give all the lip service in the world to how the mask doesn’t affect him, that, in addition to having Beverley all over him, has bothered him to the extent that he has made just ten of 37 attempts these last two games.

Sure, the Suns won Game 2, but the Clippers did enough to steal that on the road, losing only when DeAndre Ayton took a lob pass from Jae Crowder on an inbounds play with less than a second remaining.

If Booker doesn’t get accustomed to his mask and Beverley’s pressure in time for Saturday night’s game, that’s going to place more of a burden on Paul, who came back from some time in the COVID protocol to shoot just 5-for-19.

As for Cameron Payne, who dusted the Clippers for 29 points in the big Game 2 win, he played just over four minutes and sprained his ankle. The Suns have called themselves “hopeful” that Payne can play. He had been praised by coach Monty Williams for being able to step up the pace of the offense, which was working.

I have to admit to being a Beverley fan. And I don’t see anything wrong with him being a “designated defender.” For that reason, I’m willing to pay for it, with a play on the “under” in the Booker points prop, where his over-under is 27.5 (it’s -114 either way). Phoenix can get some points from elsewhere, but I would suggest not enough to beat the Clippers on Saturday (even if they don’t have Kawhi).

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