Suns vs Clippers NBA Odds, Picks and Predictions June 26

Updated: June 25, 2021

The Suns fell flat Thursday, but they have a track record of bouncing back, among several reasons to trust their NBA betting appeal for Game 4. Find out the rest with our Suns vs. Clippers picks.

AJ Salah

Posted: Jun 25, 2021 5:45 PM ET Updated: Jun 25, 2021 5:45 PM ET

The Los Angeles Clippers continue to prove their resilience without Kawhi Leonard. After losing Game 2 in the most heartbreaking fashion to the Phoenix Suns, the Clips stormed back at home to take Game 3 and keep themselves in the Western Conference Finals. 

But they still have a deficit to dig out of, and a very tough opponent to do so against.

With Kawhi’s status for Game 4 murky at best, we’re breaking down Saturday’s matchup with our Suns vs. Clippers picks for June 26. 

Suns vs Clippers game info

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET

Suns vs Clippers odds

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The line opened at Phoenix -1, with a total of 220. Action on the Under dipped the total to 218.5, while the spread remains steady at most books, with some moving to a pick ’em. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Suns vs Clippers series odds

Suns: -450
Clippers: +350

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Suns: Cameron Payne PG (Questionable)
Clippers: Kawhi Leonard SF (Questionable), Serge Ibaka C (Out)
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Betting trend to know

Suns are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight-up loss. Find more NBA betting trends for Suns vs. Clippers.

Against the spread (ATS) pick

With one ailing superstar (Chris Paul) back in action, Kawhi’s status for the rest of this series now takes center stage. The Clippers have proven they can beat the Suns without him, but doing so three more times in four games will prove far more difficult. 

Signs certainly don’t point to Leonard being active for Game 4. The Clippers beat has been funeral-quiet Friday after Leonard watched Game 3 from a luxury suite instead of the bench. Keeping in mind that this is Kawhi – who evolved the entire concept of load management and once sat out a whole season on principle – it feels safe to assume he’s a no-go for Game 4. 

So, where does that leave us? 

The Suns lost Game 3 for several glaring, and possibly anomalous, reasons.

First, obviously, they only scored 92 points, a playoff low, with Chris Paul and Devin Booker combining to shoot 10-40 from the field. Credit Pat Beverley and the Clippers defense where they’re due, but Phoenix’s backcourt is simply too talented to be that bad again. Furthermore, Paul was playing his first game in almost two weeks while Booker had to get used to a Phantom of the Opera mask – bank on them being better.

The Suns also lost Cam Payne to injury, robbing them of a player who’s improbably become a key cog in their rotation. Payne was “walking around fine” Friday according to Suns coach Monty Williams, and having him back in the lineup would be a great boon for Phoenix in non-CP3 minutes. 

The Clippers continue to get great production from their supporting cast, and it’s not improbable that Reggie Jackson or Terance Mann continues to pick up the scoring slack. Ty Lue may also have a net-positive adjustment or two up his sleeve, which he’s proven capable of.

But the Clippers appear to be testing the limits of their sans-Kawhi ceiling, while the Suns’ Game 3 was pretty close to a disaster scenario. They bounce back from disappointments consistently (12-4 ATS following last 16 straight-up losses) and will be motivated to bury the Clippers instead of letting them pull even. 

Get ahead of any upcoming Kawhi news and lock your Suns bet in now as a virtual pick ’em.

PREDICTION: Suns -1 (-110)

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Over/Under pick

The Clippers know they can’t win a shootout with the Suns, and have slowed this series to a molasses-trapped pace. 

Given that the Clippers and Suns were both bottom-10 teams in pace during the regular season and stayed in the bottom-six come playoff time, don’t expect a random track meet in Game 4.

L.A.’s focus on defense should continue. While Game 3 was a best-case scenario for them, they’re an energetic unit when engaged — they can give you several looks and have multiple elite defenders, with few weak links. Meanwhile, Phoenix is merely the NBA’s second-best D-rated team in the playoffs.

A total of 218.5 leaves lots of need for improvement when the last two games in this series have averaged just 202.5. The Suns will almost certainly bring a better scoring effort, but with two strong defensive teams playing at a snail’s pace, the margins are pretty slim. 

PREDICTION: Under 218.5 (-110)

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Suns vs Clippers betting card

  • Suns -1 (-110)
  • Under 218.5 (-110)

Picks made on 6/25/2021 at 5:15 p.m. ET

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