Los Angeles Clippers Vs. Phoenix Suns – WCF Betting Preview

  • The Phoenix Suns take on the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday.
  • The Suns will likely be without Chris Paul, while the Clippers will likely be without Kawhi Leonard.
  • The Suns are -180 favorites, both in Game 1 and in the series overall.

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns finished up their series against the Denver Nuggets in swift fashion, with a 4-0 victory sending the Nuggets tumbling out of the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers lost the first two games of their series, lost their best player, but rallied to beat the Utah Jazz in six games anyway.

This is a series that could be defined by absences, however, with both Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul potentially missing multiple games in this series, if not all of them.

Leonard was diagnosed with an ACL injury, which normally means a player is done for the season - especially one as injury-conscious as Leonard.

However, Leonard was recently spotted at the Clippers Game 6 victory over the Utah Jazz without a brace on, potentially indicating a return possibility for the Western Conference Finals against Phoenix.

Paul, on the other hand, was diagnosed with COVID-19, and was placed into the NBA’s Health and Safety protocols on Wednesday.

Paul has had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which makes his case all the more rare, as the vaccines are generally believed to be more than 95% effective. Basically, Paul lost a 1/20 dice roll in order to get COVID after being vaccinated against it.

The NBA offers several options for getting back onto the court once a positive diagnosis is confirmed.

  1. Paul could wait 10 days. This would see him back around Saturday, which is when Game 4 is scheduled.
  2. Paul can be allowed to play if he received back to back negative PCR tests with a period of 24 hours between each test.

The most likely outcome is that Paul will achieve option 2 before option 1 comes into play, but it still seems like he will miss at least a few games in the series.

Despite his potential absence, the Suns are favored in their matchup against the Clippers in Game 1 according to the online sportsbooks.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns Game 1 Odds

  • Los Angeles Clippers +160
  • Phoenix Suns -180

The NBA WCF spread favors the Suns by four points, and this makes sense given that the Suns are playing at home, and arguably more talented than the Clippers when both major absences are taken into account.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns Series Odds

  • Los Angeles Clippers +160
  • Phoenix Suns -180

Intriguingly, the series odds for the matchup are exactly the same as the odds in Game 1. One unique wrinkle of this series is the lack of information around Leonard and the large amount of information around Paul.

This could cut both ways - Leonard could be back sooner, later, or never, while Paul will likely be out no longer than four games.

This intrigue makes bet on the WCF series between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers one of the most fascinating propositions for a sports bettor at the moment.

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