On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Clippers will play host to the Phoenix Suns for Game 3 of their Western Conference Finals series.
Let’s take a closer look at the top Suns vs. Clippers Game 3 player prop picks and make some predictions for this June 24, 2021 NBA Playoffs matchup.
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Suns vs. Clippers Game 3 Player Props (June 24, 2021)
The Phoenix Suns are just two wins away from the NBA Finals after downing the Los Angeles Clippers 104-103 in Game 2. Suns head coach Monty Williams drew up an incredible alley-oop play from an inbounds pass with 0.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, which was executed to perfection as time expired. The series now shifts to the Staples Center where the Clippers will look to overcome a 0-2 series hole for their third consecutive series.
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The Suns were led in Game 2 by point guard Cameron Payne, who racked up 29 points on 12-24 shooting from the field, including 2-8 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, superstar guard Devin Booker, who sustained an injury to his nose that required stitches during the game, dropped 20 points of his own to go with 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Deandre Ayton patrolled the paint, putting together a 24-point, 14-rebound performance. Dario Saric and Cameron Johnson each contributed 11 points of their own in the victory. On a positive note for the Suns, point guard Chris Paul is expected to play in Game 3.
|Chris Paul to Score Over 17.5 Points (-103, FOX Bet)|
|Paul George to Make 3+ Three-Point Field Goals (-165, BetMGM)|
|Mikal Bridges to Record Over 16.5 Combined Points, Rebounds, and Assists (-130, FanDuel Sportsbook)|
The Clippers were 0.9 seconds away from leveling the series at a game apiece before an incredible final inbounds alley-oop upended their hopes of securing a road win. Paul George dropped 26 points, but shot just 1-8 from beyond the arc. Reggie Jackson (19), Ivica Zubac (14), and Luke Kennard (10) joined George in double figures. Los Angeles has shown the ability to fight out of an 0-2 hole this postseason, first against the Dallas Mavericks, and then again against the top-seeded Utah Jazz.
Will the Clippers pull to within a game or will the Suns take a commanding 3-0 series lead?
Chris Paul to Score Over 17.5 Points (-103, FOX Bet)
After missing the first two games of the Western Conference Finals due to his inclusion on the league’s Health & Safety Protocols list, star point guard Chris Paul is expected to rejoin the Suns lineup for Game 3. Although it’s possible that Paul could show a bit of rust, he’s in his 16th NBA season. As such, CP3 knows how to keep himself physically and mentally prepared to return to game action. His absence through two games could also be a blessing in disguise, as his team was able to win the first two games and now Paul will enter the fray as fresh as he’s ever been this far into a postseason.
Cameron Payne filled in admirably for Paul in Game 2, hitting 12 of 24 shots en rout to a 29-point performance. That’s worth noting, because it marked a jump from his 11-point showing in Game 1. That jump was precipitated by the injury to superstar Devin Booker, who suffered a facial contusion that led to stitches on his nose. Booker will suit up for Game 3, but it’s possible he’ll look to get Paul more involved as a scorer.
Chris Paul scored at least 17 points in each of his last four games prior to entering the league’s Health & Safety Protocols. He scored 21 points in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals before dropping 17, 27, and 37 points to wrap up the series.
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Paul George to Make 3+ Three-Point Field Goals (-165, BetMGM)
Clippers superstar Paul George has done everything in his power to keep the Clippers afloat the last four games since his superstar running mate Kawhi Leonard went down with a knee injury. In fact, PG13 was 0.9 seconds away from leading his team to a Game 2 injury despite scoring just 26 points, his fewest in his last seven playoff games.
As for the three-point field goal market for Paul George, it’s worth noting that he’s been putting up plenty of field goal attempts overall as of late, averaging 23.2 field goal attempts per game over his last six contests. Over that time, he’s averaged a staggering 9.5 three-point field goal attempts per game, including a playoff-high 15 in Game 1. George has hit at least 3 three-pointers in four of his last six playoff games, including a playoff-high 7 in Game 1. Although he shot just 1-8 from downtown in Game 2, it stands to reason that playing in front of his home crowd at Staples Center, as well as the reality that his team cannot afford to fall into an 0-3 hole, should be enough to entice PG13 to put up at least 8 three-pointers, connecting on at least three.
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Mikal Bridges to Record Over 16.5 Combined Points, Rebounds, and Assists (-130, FanDuel Sportsbook)
Mikal Bridges had a bit of a down game in Game 2, tallying 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist in 34:41 of game action. However, the injury to superstar guard Devin Booker and the emergence of Cameron Payne as the team’s leading scorer ate up 24 field attempts. As such, Bridges attempted just seven field goal attempts, his fewest since Game 3 of the Suns’ first round series against the Los Angeles Lakers.
As for taking Bridges to combine for over 16.5 combined points, rebounds, and assists, keep in mind he’s had plenty of success clearing that threshold:
- Game 4 @ LAL: 11 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST (17 total)
- Game 5 v. LAL: 13 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST (22 total)
- Game 6 @ LAL: 10 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST (17 total)
- Game 1 v. DEN: 23 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST (33 total)
- Game 2 v. DEN: 16 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST (18 total)
- Game 3 @ DEN: 11 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST (13 total)
- Game 4 @ DEN: 14 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST (22 total)
- Game 1 v. LAC: 14 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST (17 total)
- Game 2 v. LAC: 5 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST (11 total)
Bridges has crossed the 16.5 combined points, rebounds, and assists threshold in seven of his last nine games. Also consider that Bridges racked up combined totals of 17, 26, and 21 in three regular season contests with the Clippers. Bridges should rebound in a big way in Game 3.
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