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Insiders Predict Clippers Won’t Recover From 2-0 Deficit Against Suns

Peter Dewey
The Clippers have their backs against the wall.
The Clippers have their backs against the wall. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Clippers have gone down 2-0 in each of their three playoff series this postseason, but they may not be able to climb out of the hole this time. 

A Deandre Ayton alley-oop with less than a second left gave the Phoenix Suns the win in Game 2, and it was a backbreaker for a Clippers team that is without its best player in Kawhi Leonard.

The Suns are now massive -750 favorites to win the series on WynnBET, and they could be getting point guard Chris Paul back from the league’s health and safety protocols in time for Game 3. 

With Leonard’s status still uncertain, the Clippers will need Paul George and Reggie Jackson to continue to carry the load. The Clippers looked to have a handle in Game 2, but George missed a pair of free throws, and then the Clippers were unable to defend Jae Crowder’s perfect pass to Ayton to win the game. 

Los Angeles could always come back based on how close the first two games of the series were, but they’re still not in a great spot. It’s hard to imagine this series will turn out like the ones against the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz.

Phoenix swept the Denver Nuggets in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and it has been able to stay afloat without Paul heading into Game 3. The Suns also won a pair of road games against the Los Angeles Lakers (Game 4 and Game 6) to win their first-round series. 

WynnBET is confident in the Suns as well. The two most likely outcomes of the series are Suns in five games (+180) and Suns in four games (+325). The Clippers’ best chance to win the series is in seven games, based on the odds, as they are +950 to complete that feat. 

Los Angeles showed a lot of resolve against the top-seeded Jazz to win four straight, but the Clippers have put themselves in a tough situation once again, and this may be the time that they can’t climb out of it.