Clippers Eyeing .500 Mark
The Phoenix Suns try to continue to build for the postseason when they take on the host Los Angeles Clippers in a battle of Pacific Division teams on Wednesday night. Phoenix has already clinched the top record in the NBA and is coming off a home win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
The Clippers have won two straight but are locked into eighth place in the West and a spot in the play-in tournament. There is a lot to play for both of these teams heading into the postseason, so before you make a bet online on this one, take a look at our preview of the contest.
Suns Setting Franchise Standards
The Phoenix Suns notched their 63rd win on Tuesday night, setting a franchise record. Phoenix has already clinched all it can in the regular season as far as the standings, but it continues to play hard to keep its momentum heading to the postseason.
“Tonight is unbelievably special for so many people,” Phoenix head coach Monty Williams said after Tuesday’s win over the Lakers. “Not just the organization, but the people in the city, who have basically birthed the Suns. Everywhere I go, people say the Suns are their baby. It’s hard to put it into words, but we’re all pretty grateful.”
Guard Devin Booker has been a big part of the team’s success, averaging 26.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. Booker was around for the lean years of the franchise just a few seasons ago, so he’s enjoying the success the team has found now. He’s also driven to win the team’s first NBA title.
Another player looking for his first ring is veteran guard Chris Paul, who leads the NBA with 10.7 assists per game. The 36-year-old is also scoring 14.9 points per game and comes through with clutch plays in close games on a regular basis.
Center Deandre Ayton is a key to any long Phoenix playoff run, as he averages a double-double of 17.1 points and 10.2 rebounds. He’s also a defensive presence in the paint, which he’ll need to be against the Clippers.
Clippers Trying to Regain Chemistry
The Los Angeles Clippers were able to overcome the loss of Kawhi Leonard in the postseason and get to their first Western Conference finals a year ago. This season’s team hasn’t had Leonard either, but it also was missing Paul George for three months, though the All-Star guard is now back and playing.
George has played in three games since returning from an elbow injury, averaging 23.6 points, 6.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds. His presence on the court on both ends of the floor makes things easier for his teammates.
Guard Reggie Jackson has emerged as a second scorer for the Clippers, averaging 17.1 points and 4.9 assists. When Jackson is hitting from the perimeter, Los Angeles is a dangerous team.
Forward Marcus Morris Sr. is having his best season in three years with the Clippers, averaging 15.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He’ll need to continue that play on the interior with the team missing Leonard for the duration of the campaign.
Suns vs Clippers Head-to-Head
The Phoenix Suns have won the last two matchups with their Pacific Division rival this season after the LA Clippers won the first meeting in December. The Suns also defeated the Clippers in last year’s Western Conference finals, so there’s a lot of familiarity between the clubs.
Los Angeles dominated this series from 2016-17 to 2018-19, winning 12 straight before the teams split their 2019-20 season series. The Clippers won two of three from the Suns last season. With the Suns having little to play for, the NBA lines are giving a slight edge to the Clippers.
Suns vs Clippers Game Information
- Game: Suns (63-16) vs Clippers (39-40)
- Location: Crypto.com Arena
- Day/Time: Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 10 p.m. ET
- Streaming: NBA Game Pass
Suns vs Clippers Betting Lines
Suns vs Clippers Prediction
It’s very likely the Phoenix Suns will rest some of their starters in this one or at least limit their minutes. The LA Clippers would like to send a message to a potential first-round opponent in this one, so look for the hosts to prevail.
When making your NBA picks, take Los Angeles to win and cover at home.