NBA Picks: Suns vs. Clippers Odds Preview

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:04 PM GMT

The perfect cure for the struggling Clippers? A home date with the Suns, who have lost six straight games themselves. Let's examine the NBA odds and make a pick on this game.

Odds Overview

NBA odds makers opened the line at 16, and it hasn't budged, as that's the number that can be found at essentially every book right now. 

It appears as if the total of 199 is also going to have little movement. The UNDER has hit in eight of the previous nine matchups between the Clippers and Suns.

Let's further breakdown this matchup, as we search for the best value for our NBA picks.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns have been tanking in a big way lately, losing six straight and nine of their last ten ahead of tonight's game.

Since a 23-point home win over the L.A. Lakers, Phoenix has gone 0-6 SU and 2-4 ATS, with double-digit losses to Minnesota, Utah, and Sacramento. Their only covers in that span came against Indiana (+10.5) and Brooklyn (+6). 

Rest is about the only thing going in Phoenix's favor, as they've been off since Saturday's eight-point loss to the Pacers.

Point guard Goran Dragic had 21 points, nine assists and four rebounds in the loss, while six other plaers scored in dobule figures too. Markieff Morris had 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Jared Dudley, Michael Beasley and Jermaine O'Neal combined for 33 points off the bench. 

Lindsey Hunter's experience is shining through, as he continues to shuffle the rotation continuously. Shannon Brown has been frozen out entirely, and the starting lineup for Phoenix's last game was Dragic, Wesley Johnson, PJ Tucker, Markieff Morris, and Luis Scola. That team isn't going to scare anyone.

Los Angeles Clippers 

It's been rare to see the Clippers struggle like they have. They've lost three straight, albeit against strong competition, and are just 3-5 SU (and ATS) over their previous eight contests. 

Chris Paul and company have had a couple days to think about what went wrong in the team's 109-106 loss to Indiana at home. L.A. came in favored by five points, but got off to a horrible start and couldn't recover despite a late surge.

Paul had a hard time offensively, finishing with 10 points on a poor 2-of-12 shooting. If it wasn't for the Clippers' bench, this one could have easily turned into a rout. 

Jamal Crawford went for 25 points off the bench, and Ryan Hollins, Matt Barnes, Eric Bledsoe and Lamar Odom all scored at least seven points each. Odom added 10 rebounds, three steals and a block in the loss.

It's hard not to see L.A. reverting back to their old form at some point in the near future, especially with this seemingly easy game coming up against Phoenix. The Clippers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 following a straight up defeat.

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NBA Pick

Though the Suns won in the latest meeting between these Western Conference foes, the Clippers have given Phoenix a taste in two other matchups earlier on in the season. 

Back in December, L.A. beat the Suns by 18 at home and then crushed them 103-77 on the road, cashing both times as favorites. 

This time around, we feel the Clippers will again score a blowout win. They'll be extra motivated to get the job done because of this losing streak they're on, and we think the Suns are going to be the punching bag for that frustration.

The Clippers have only been favored by 14+ points once this season and they covered. We believe they'll do it again tonight against the putrid Suns.

Free NBA Pick: Los Angeles Clippers -16 at 5Dimes