All it took was one win from the Phoenix Suns for Vegas to fall in love in the Western Conference Finals.
Following Devin Booker’s 40-point triple double in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Suns are up 1-0 in the series and are favored to blow out Los Angeles and make the NBA Finals.
WynnBET has the Suns as -450 favorites to win the series, and the two most likely outcomes of the series are in Phoenix’s favor, as Suns in five (+210) and Suns in four (+375) lead the way. This guy certainly is going to be happy with that:
While it may seem like a little bit of an overreaction to what was a hotly-contested Game 1, the uncertainty around Kawhi Leonard’s knee injury puts a damper on the Clippers’ chances of making the NBA Finals.
The Suns have their own issues with Chris Paul currently in the league’s health and safety protocols, but Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported that Paul could be nearing a return.
“The Phoenix Suns are encouraged with the progress of Chris Paul and are hopeful that he will clear the COVID-19 health and safety protocols at some point early in the Western Conference finals, league sources told Yahoo Sports,” Haynes wrote.
“Paul is quarantining in Los Angeles and has been symptom-free since testing positive for COVID-19 last week, sources said.”
If Paul returns before Leonard, the Suns would have an even bigger advantage in the series. While Booker and Paul George went back-and-forth on Sunday, Los Angeles’ supporting cast was underwhelming besides Reggie Jackson.
Marcus Morris (six points), Terance Mann (nine points) and Nic Batum (five points) simply have to be better if the Clippers want to compete with the Suns once Paul returns.
Even without CP3, all six Suns players that played 20-plus minutes had double-digit points, and things will only get tougher when Cam Payne moves back to the bench. Payne, who had 11 points and nine dimes filling in for Paul, has been a catalyst for Phoenix in the postseason.
While Suns in four may be a stretch, Phoenix looks poised to dominate the Clippers if Leonard is unable to make it back this postseason.