The Phoenix Suns are on the road following a monster win against the Utah Jazz in overtime last night. It was a gritty performance that came down to the wire. Up three with seconds remaining, Donovan Mitchell buried a triple to send the game in overtime. The Suns collected themselves and regrouped to pull away for a 117-113 victory. In a seven-game series, it would not be surprising to see the Suns and Jazz going a full seven games. That game could have easily gone either way, as would a playoff series.
After knocking off the No. 1 team in the West, the Suns have an opportunity right after to do it again. The Suns will pack up and fly to Los Angeles for a date with the Clippers at the Staples Center. Devin Booker and the Suns don’t get as much respect as they deserve, but if the Suns oust the Jazz and Clippers in two nights, it’s going to be impossible to ignore them. Even if they don’t come close against the Clippers tonight, don’t get it twisted, the Suns are still a very good team that can beat anyone in the West in the playoffs.
This is certainly a tough spot for the Suns on a back-to-back after a big win. The Clippers are one of those teams that are just hoping to peak at the right time. They have been up and down during the regular season, but the Clippers have the talent to get hot and finally reach their full potential. That might be the worst news for the rest of the West. The Clippers haven’t hit their stride, yet at least. It’s largely been because of a nagging injury to Paul George. He has been in and out of the lineup, and it has resulted in the Clippers failing to generate the amount of chemistry that they’d hope for this season.
The Clippers slipped up badly against a weak Orlando Magic team on Sunday, 103-96, and then didn’t get a good response in a 133-116 loss against the Portland Trail Blazers. They did get back on track against the limping Lakers last week by a score of 104-86, and then a 133-116 win most recently against the Trail Blazers was most encouraging. George’s performance was the best sign, as he poured in 36 points and 5 assists. When George is on point, the Clippers are going to be tough for any team to beat. That’s what it comes down to for the Clippers. Head below for our free Suns vs. Clippers pick on April 8, 2021.
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Devin Booker scored 35 points and Chris Paul chipped in with 29 points last night for the Suns. For the Clippers, we know Kawhi Leonard is going to perform at a high level, and for the Suns, we know that Devin Booker will as well. The wildcards are Paul George and Chris Paul. Both need these running mates to come up big in the playoffs. The sky’s the limit if it happens. The Suns were able to get production from both Booker and Paul last night and the result was a signature win.
The Suns are one of the most well-rounded teams in the NBA. They are capable of winning offensive and defensive games. Heading into the Staples Center, the Suns have scored an average of 114.6 points per game for seventh in the NBA. They are shooting 48.9% from the field. The Suns have had offense throughout Booker’s tenure in Arizona, though. Since he’s entered the league, they’ve scored a lot of points. However, zero defensive help, which has been the big difference between now and then.
They are fifth in the NBA with 107.8 points against per game. It’s been a total 180 for the Suns from two years ago. They won against an equally aggressive defense in the Jazz last night, and will have to do it again versus the Clippers on the road tonight. The Clippers are sixth in the league with 108.1 points against per game. A team with Kawhi Leonard on it is not going to have a paper thin defense. In their previous five outings, they’ve turned it up a notch with 102.2 points against per game.
If the Clippers are going to up the intensity against a Suns team that was just in overtime last night, they should be able to dictate the pace in this contest. It’s going to be really tough for the Suns to maintain the energy they had last night against the Jazz. After getting into a physical game against the Jazz, they have to turn around and fly to Los Angeles to do it again versus the Clippers? That just seems awfully tough. I like the Clippers to pull away for a 118-109 win or thereabout.