The first meeting went to the Clippers, but recent form and NBA betting odds suggest the Suns will bounce back in fine style.
Bookmakers have the Suns at -10½, so it will need to be a 28-point turnaround from the first showdown.
- Game: Los Angeles Clippers (19-19) at Phoenix Suns (29-8)
- Location: Footprint Center
- Day/Time: Thursday, 10 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns
LA Story: Injuries, Covid
The 19-19 record of the Los Angeles Clippers is pretty impressive given their raft of injuries and Covid problems.
Losing Paul George was huge, but now with the likes of Luke Kennard and Brandon Boston Jr. on the sidelines, the depth comes into question.
Despite their problems, the Clippers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 120-116 last week in a huge upset. They were +14-point underdogs with betting online markets, so they exceeded expectations.
However, it didn’t last overly long and they absorbed a 122-104 loss to Minnesota. Serge Ibaka had a team-high 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting, but that’s not going to cut it against a high-scoring team like the Suns.
Justise Winslow chimed in with 15 points off the bench, but the senior players need to step up in the absence of their superstars.
“You got to learn from it like any game, figure out what we could have done better,” Winslow told ESPN. “You got to bring it every night in this league, all the guys, even guys that aren’t playing.”
The Clippers are 17-21 against the spread, so they haven’t been a good bet. We can’t see that record improving any time soon with all the problems regarding a consistent lineup.
Suns Finding Groove
There were some shaky moments for the Phoenix Suns, who struggled offensively in a surprise 123-108 loss to the Celtics, but they have bounced back.
The Suns scored a 133-99 win over Charlotte before beating New Orleans 123-110. Both wins came on the road and now they return home where they are 16-4.
Beating Phoenix at home has proven to be difficult and the Clippers will need to play their best basketball.
There is concern about the availability of Suns center Deandre Ayton, which could see Ibaka make it work in the paint. However, the Suns have more backcourt scoring from the likes of Devin Booker.
The shooting guard is averaging 23.9 points per game. Point guard Chris Paul is averaging 10.1 assists, so the duo are working well together.
Covering a 10½-point spread isn’t easy, no matter how weak the opposition. The Suns will have to be at their best to win for bettors, but there is value with the sportsbook.
We expected the line to be around -14, so bettors are getting a generous line.
It’s Always Sunny in Phoenix
There is too much scoring power with the Suns to overlook, so we’re backing them to cover the spread at home.
They have a high-powered offense, which has gotten back to its best. The Suns have scored 256 points from their last two games, which could spell bad news for the Clippers.
Take the Suns to cover the -10½ spread. We expect them to lead comfortably at halftime and force the Clippers to put up bad shots in the second half.