The Los Angeles Clippers (20-12) travel to face off against the Phoenix Suns (18-15) on Wednesday, January 3rd. This game will be played at Footprint Center. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 9:00 ET.
Clippers vs Suns
The Clippers Are Coming Off A Win
The Clippers beat the Heat in their most recent game, ending with a score of 121-104. As the second half got underway, the Clippers were leading by a score of 59-58.
As the Clippers get ready for today’s game, they will be looking to add to their three game winning streak. So far this season, the Clippers have gone 20-12 overall. When playing away from home, the Clippers are 6-8 compared to a home record of 14-4.
Los Angeles arrives with an ATS record of 16-16 for the season up to this point. The Clippers currently have a two game ATS win streak as the favorite and are 1-6 vs. the spread as underdogs.
The Suns Are Coming Off A Win
The Suns clinched a 109-88 win over the Trail Blazers in their previous game. Going into the second half the Suns held the lead at 55-47.
The Suns, who are 18-15 overall, are looking to add to their four game winning streak. In conference play, the Suns are 12-11 compared to their 6-4 record in non-conference games.
Phoenix has an overall ATS record of 12-21 for the season so far. During this season, Phoenix has a 8-16 record against the spread as favorites and 4-5 as underdogs.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the Clippers are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 116.7 points per game (10th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Clippers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.8 per contest. Even though the team has preferred to play at a slower pace, their effective field goal percentage of 56% has helped them with their overall scoring numbers.
Suns Offense Breakdown
Phoenix has recorded an average of 115.2 points per game (13th) throughout 33 games games. Coming into today’s game, the Suns will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.7 made 3’s per game. If Phoenix continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 26th in the league in possessions per game.
Clippers Team Defense
At present, the Clippers’ defense is ranked 7th, allowing 111.9 points per game. Inside the arc, the Clippers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 53.1% and 34.8% from three-point territory.
Suns Team Defense
At present, the Suns’ defense is ranked 14th, allowing 113.6 points per game. For the season, Phoenix is ranked 22nd in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 22.3 free-throws per game vs. the Suns and have an overall field goal percentage of 46.4%.
Key Players For The Clippers And Suns
In today’s game, we anticipate Kawhi Leonard leading the scoring for the Clippers, contributing 25 points while shooting 9/17 from the field. This season, he is averaging 24.4 points per game along with 5.9 boards.
On the flip side, our predictions place Devin Booker as the leading scorer for the Suns. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 28 while also collecting 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 46.6%, and he is contributing 26.4 points per game on average.
Clippers vs Suns Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, Los Angeles has an ATS mark of 6-4. Their straight up record in these matchups was 6-4 while averaging 121 points per game.
- Across the Suns last five home games, the team averaged 109 points per game while allowing 112. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-4, while going 1-4 straight-up.
- As the betting underdog, the Suns have an ATS mark of just 4-6 in their last ten games. Phoenix posted a straight up mark of 3-7 in these matchups.
- In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Clippers have a straight up record of 10-0 and an ATS mark of 8-2.
In this Clippers vs. Suns matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Suns at +3. While we project the Clippers to win 115-113, our recommendation is to bet on the Suns for the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 233.5 and given that our model is projecting 228 points between the teams, we like the under.
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