There is always luck involved in a deep postseason run, and there is no denying injury luck has been in the favor of the Phoenix Suns up to this point of the season. However, one cannot deny the greatness of Chris Paul’s performance on Wednesday night in a close-out game with a trip to his first NBA Finals on the line. Paul was his vintage self in Los Angeles, drawing technical fouls with ridiculous acting jobs and ending the Clippers’ season with 41 points and no turnovers in arguably the best postseason performance of his career. According to ESPN, Paul is the fourth player to have 40 points and no turnovers in a Conference Finals game since turnovers became an official stat. The other three, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon, all went on to win the NBA Finals, and Paul’s team is favored to do just that.
As a basketball fan, it is great to see the Point God finally get his opportunity at a title. As investor in the Clippers to win an NBA title, there is certainly frustration in watching a title contender lose a close series with missed opportunities abound, but today is about Paul and the Phoenix Suns, who now await their opponent from the Eastern Conference.
Updated odds for every game can be found here.
Updated injury reports for every game can be found here.
Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks (-4.5, 220.5)
The Milwaukee Bucks have officially ruled out Giannis Antetokounmpo for this contest with a knee injury, but the status of Trae Young continues to be an enigma. Despite the news that the Greek Freak would not play today the market moved a half-point in Milwaukee’s direction, and now we wait to see if the other star will be available. Since we know who is available for the Bucks there is a picture we can start to paint for the home team, but it is not exactly a replica of The Starry Night.