On Saturday night, the Phoenix Suns will play host to the Los Angeles Clippers for Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals series.
Let’s take a closer look at the top Clippers vs. Suns Game 5 player prop picks and make some predictions for this June 28, 2021 NBA Playoffs matchup.
Clippers vs. Suns Game 5 Player Props (June 28, 2021)
The Western Conference Finals could come to an end on Monday night as the Phoenix Suns will look to put away Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers in a potentially-decisive Game 5. The Phoenix Suns pulled out an 84-80 road victory in Game 4, thanks in large part to a solid first half that saw them enter halftime with a 50-36 lead. It was a low-scoring contest and raised legitimate questions about both teams going forward, but the setting for this series now shifts to Phoenix Suns Arena for Game 5 with a potential NBA Finals berth on the line.
The Suns were propelled to victory in Game 4 by superstar Devin Booker, whose 25 points led all scorers in the contest. His backcourt partner Chris Paul added 18 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal in the winning performance. Center Deandre Ayton had yet another rock solid game on the interior, posting 19 points, 22 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 assists, and 1 steal.
The Clippers, who were once again without Kawhi Leonard, squandered an opportunity to tie the series at home. Despite outscoring Phoenix 30-19 in the third quarter, their slow first half start ultimately doomed them to a 3-1 series deficit. Paul George was a woeful 5-20 from the field, including a dreadful 1-9 from beyond the arc. To his credit, George got to the line 18 times, converting on 12 of his free throws, while also pulling down 16 rebounds and dishing out 6 assist in the loss. Reggie Jackson (20), Ivica Zubac (13), and Terance Mann (12) each scored in double figures.
Will the Suns close out this series or will the Clippers force a Game 6 at Staples Center?
|Game 6 Best Bets|
|Jrue Holiday to Score 20+ Points (-120, BetMGM)|
|Devin Booker to Score 30+ Points and Make 3+ Three-Pointers (+220, FanDuel Sportsbook)|
|Pat Connaughton to Make Over 1.5 Three-Point Field Goals (-222, FOX Bet)|
Deandre Ayton to Record Over 28.5 Combined Points and Rebounds (-105, BetMGM)
Suns center Deandre Ayton is in the midst of a playoff series that’s seen his stock as one of the best centers in the league skyrocket like Dogecoin in mid-May. His sheer and utter dominance on the interior has led to Clippers coach Ty Lue countering the center with Ivica Zubac, who simply cannot defend Ayton.
In four games thus far in the series, Ayton has averaged 20.3 points and 13.5 rebounds per game against the Clippers. He’s coming off a Game 4 performance that saw him pull down a playoff-high 22 rebounds, including a playoff-high 9 offensive rebounds. In addition to his rebounding success, Ayton has done an impressive job scoring the rock, dropping at least 18 points in each contest.
Given his dominance on the boards in Game 4 as well as the high stakes of this contest with a potential NBA Finals berth on the line, expect Ayton to get plenty of opportunities in this contest as Phoenix’s best interior option.
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Mikal Bridges to Record Over 4.5 Rebounds (-106, DraftKings Sportsbook)
Suns forward Mikal Bridges has had up-and-down performances in this series in terms of scoring, putting up totals of 14, 5, 13, and 6 through the first four games. Bridges’ six field goal attempts in Game 4 represented the fewest in a game during Phoenix’s postseason run. That included the shocking development that he didn’t attempt a single three-pointer in the contest.
Bridges, however, has gotten involved in other aspects of the game, including pounding the glass. The forward pulled down 13 rebounds in Game 4, the most he’s secured through 14 playoff games. That 13-rebound performance followed up a 6-rebound showing in Game 3 and a 5-rebound effort in Game 2. Overall, Bridges has pulled down at least five assists in four of his last five games dating back to a closeout Game 4 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
He might not have the flashiest name with the most star power, but Bridges has done an admirable job of adapting his game to the needs of his team in each of his three postseason series thus far.
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Ivica Zubac to Record 10+ Rebounds (-182, FanDuel Sportsbook)
Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac has been thrust into action by virtue of his team’s lack of all-around frontcourt depth. There are a number of players available, including former All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, however Zubac is the best equipped to secure the most rebounds and play for extended stretches. In fact, after Playing just 5:52 in Game 1 and 18:00 in Game 2, Zubac has played at least 32:34 in each of his last three games, including a season-high 39:34 in Game 4.
Zubac has made the most of the opportunity, pulling down at least 13 rebounds in each of his last three contests and has averaged 12.8 rebounds per game in this series against the Suns. As such, if you’re feeling even more bullish about Zubac’s ability to dominate the boards, you can get him to snag 12+ rebounds at +140 odds with FanDuel Sportsbook.
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