The Phoenix Suns (19-17) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers (22-13) on Monday, January 8th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena. Both the Suns and Clippers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 10:30 ET.
Suns vs Clippers
The Suns Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Suns will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Grizzlies with a final score of 121-115. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Suns also couldn’t meet the spread, coming up short as -8 point favorites. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 229.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
Coming into today, the Suns have an overall record of 19-17 and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. At home, the Suns are 11-11 compared to 8-6 on the road this season.
Phoenix currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 13-23 at this point. The Suns have two straight ATS losses as the underdog and are 9-17 vs. the spread as the favorite.
The Clippers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Clippers conveyed a message to the Lakers with a score of 106-103. At the beginning of the second half, the Clippers were leading 53-49.
As of now, the Clippers have an overall record of 22-13 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In the Western Conference, they are currently 4th and are leading the Pacific division.
Los Angeles has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 18-17 against the spread. Los Angeles has covered the spread in two straight home games and are 10-8 ATS at home compared to 8-9 on the road.
Suns Offense Breakdown
Through 36 games games, Phoenix is averaging 115.4 points per game (14th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Suns are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.7 per contest. Although the Suns have a current effective field goal percentage of 54%, their below average pace of play is a key factor behind their mediocre scoring numbers.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
The Los Angeles offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 10th ranked offense at 116.6 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Clippers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.8 made 3’s per game. Despite struggling with their outside shot, Los Angeles remains one of the better offensive units in large part to their ability to get to the charity stripe. So far, the team is averaging 18.9 made free-throws per game.
Suns Team Defense
This season, the Suns’ defense is the 14th ranked defense in the NBA at 14th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 63.9% of their games. Phoenix’s defense is currently forcing 14 turnovers per game, which is 23rd in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 4th in blocked shots, with an average of 6.3 rejections per game.
Clippers Team Defense
At this time, the Clippers’ defense is positioned 8th in the NBA, permitting 111.5 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Clippers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 52.9% while allowing 35.3% from downtown.
Key Players For The Suns And Clippers
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Kevin Durant as the primary point contributor for the Suns, finishing with 28 points while maintaining a 10/18 shooting accuracy. During this season, he is delivering an average of 29.6 points per game, along with 6.4 rebounds.
On the other side, Kawhi Leonard is our projected leading scorer for the Clippers. We have him ending the game with a team-high 24 and grabbing 6 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 51.6% and is averaging 24.1 points per contest.
Suns vs Clippers Trends
- Although Phoenix has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 1-2. The team averaged 112 points per game in these games.
- Across their last five home contests, Los Angeles has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-2. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 116 points per game.
- Going back to their last three games as the underdog, the Suns have a straight up record of 1-2. But, their mark vs the spread was just 1-2.
- As the betting favorite, the Clippers have an ATS record of 4-1 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 4-1.
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Suns vs. Clippers game, our recommendation is to take the Suns at +6.5. Despite our model showing the Clippers winning 118-112, we like Suns as our point-spread pick.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 226.5, and our model projects the Suns and Clippers to reach a combined total of 230 points. Our bet is on taking the over.
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