Check out our free Clippers vs Suns pick and preview for this NBA game in Phoenix. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Clippers vs Suns NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns
- Where: Phoenix at Footprint Center
- Date: Thursday, February 16th
- Betting Odds LAC -1.5, LAC -101 | PHO -119 O/U 224.0
So far, the Clippers have put together an overall record of 32-28, while going 30-29-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
The Clippers will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Warriors by a score of 134-124. Heading into the game, they were 8 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Although Los Angeles trailed the Warriors going into halftime, by the end of the 3rd quarter they had taken the lead. In the win, Kawhi Leonard led the team in scoring with 33 points on a field goal percentage of 70.6%.
The Suns come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 32-27. So far, the team has gone 31-26-2 against the spread. Against the Clippers, the Suns are looking to add to their current 2 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 12.0.
The Suns will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Kings by a score of 120-109. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Although Phoenix held just a 4 point lead at half, they put together a strong second half on their way to a 11 point victory. In the win, Devin Booker led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 65.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Suns picked up the 112-95 win over the Clippers. The Suns point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 1.0 point favorite. So far this season, the Suns have a record of 2-0 vs the Clippers. Last year, the Clippers saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Suns, averaging 102.25 points per game. Like the Clippers, the Suns scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 103.25 points per game vs Los Angeles. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Suns have averaged 108 points per game compared to 97 for Los Angeles. This has led to an ATS record of 4-1 for Phoenix. Los Angeles and Phoenix averaged a combined 205 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 0-5.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 60 games, the Clippers are averaging 111.4 points per contest, placing them 27th in the NBA. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Clippers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.3 per contest. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 25th in made field goals per game.
So far, the Clippers have played well defensively, as they are ranked 11th in the league at 108.39 points per contest.
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Clippers 2nd leading scorer, Norman Powell. In his 50 games, Powell is averaging 17.0 points per game while dishing out 1.8 assists and grabbing 3.1 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Paul George, who leads the team and is 28th in the NBA at 23.2 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 46.0% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.4% of the team’s shots from the floor.
For the season, the Suns offensive unit is ranked just 22nd in scoring at 112.8 points per contest. The Suns come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.3 made 3’s per game. If the Suns offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 97.9 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Suns are giving up an average of 107.33 points per game, good for 9th in the NBA.
Phoenix will be counting Deandre Ayton to put together a strong scoring performance vs the Los Angeles, as Kevin Durant has been ruled out for today’s game. So far, Durant leads the team in scoring at 29.7 points per game. Ayton is 2nd on the team at 18.8 points per contest, which sits 65.0th in the NBA. In his 50 games, he has hit 59.3% of his field goal attempts, and is grabbing 10.2 rebounds per game.
Clippers vs Suns Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Suns -1.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 224.0