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NBA Betting Picks: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns Preview

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On Thursday, the Phoenix Suns (29-8 SU, 20-17 ATS) will host the Los Angeles Clippers (19-19 SU, 17-21 ATS) at the Footprint Center in Phoenix. Will the Suns cruise to double digit victory? Or will the Clippers battle to keep this one close and under control? 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Odds and Lines

Sportsbook: BetUS

Over/Under: 221

Point spread: Clippers +10.5 (-110)

Moneyline: Suns -600  / Clippers +450

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns Injury Report

All injury reports are at the time of writing. Keep an eye on any late changes as the injury reports are fluid until tip. 

For the Los Angeles Clippers, Luke Kennard and Ivica Zubac are likely to be out as they remain in health and safety protocols. Isaiah Hartenstein and Paul George both remain out as well. 

For the Phoenix Suns, DeAndre Ayton, Javale Mcgee, Landry Shamet, Abdel Nader and Jae Crowder will remain out in Health and Safety Protocols. 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns Preview

Clippers Struggling with Absences 

The Clippers have lost seven of their last 10 games, as they’ve been dealing with some absences to key rotation players. 

Over those last ten games, the Clippers rank 18th in Defensive Rating and 27th in Offensive Rating. They’ve fallen off quite dramatically from their season ranking of 4th in DEF. Offensively, not much has changed, as they are 27th in on the year. 

Much of the defensive fall-off has to do with the loss of Paul George’s elite perimeter defensive ability as well as the absence of Ivica Zubac and Isaiah Hartenstein down low. With those two out, the Clippers have been overly-reliant on Serge Ibaka to defend the paint. 

Phoenix Morphing into Championship Form 

The Phoenix suns are a force to be reckoned with. They are 8th in offensive rating, 2nd in Defensive Rating and 3rd in Net Rating, per NBA Advanced Stats. 

They’ve been even better in the last ten games, ranking 1st in Offensive Rating and 2nd in Defensive Rating, doing so without Deandre Ayton, Javale McGee, Abdel Nader, Landry Shamet and Jae Crowder.

But the Suns have been buoyed by great stretches from Chris Paul and Devin Booker as well as continued contributions from Cam Payne, Mikal Bridges, and Cam Johnson. 

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns Prediction

While the Suns have been an elite offensive unit this season, I am still looking towards the under in this matchup. The Clippers are averaging just 103.4 points per game over their last ten against pretty sub-par defensive units, including the Kings, Spurs and Nuggets. 

When they have faced stiff defensive competition against teams like the Celtics, they could barely crack 100. Meanwhile, even though the Clippers’ have been dreadful on the defensive end of late, I think the Suns will have to rely on more shot-making tonight than usual. With McGee and Ayton out, they won’t be able to abuse the paint. 

While the Suns have been great, the Clippers don’t have enough firepower to get over 100 and the Suns won’t have enough shot-making to clear the total themselves. Back the Under at 222, this one will be uglier than we think. 

All betting lines were retrieved from BetUS. Click below to claim a free bet, if you’re a new customer.  

Born and raised in New York, Robert's (@rcoles0206) fandom lies with the Brooklyn Nets, New York Jets and New York Yankees. He graduated from Colgate University with a degree in History and Political Science, and has taken the research skills honed from writing long history papers into finding an edge in the betting markets.

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