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Suns vs. Clippers: NBA Picks and Predictions

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Suns vs. Clippers: NBA Picks and Predictions
Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

It’s a jam-packed day of betting action in the bubble with the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers going head-to-head.

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 4:00 PM EST

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers Betting Preview and Odds

A Western Conference clash featuring a legitimate championship contender is on the NBA betting card on Tuesday when the Kawhi-the-claw-Leonard-inspired Los Angeles Clippers take on the Phoenix Suns.

Since the NBA restart, the Clippers have gone 1-1 SU. A tight 101-103 defeat to city rivals Los Angeles Lakers was followed with a resounding 126-103 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Meanwhile, the Suns have coasted under the radar, stringing together back-to-back wins over the Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks in succession. Might the third win be on the horizon?

By the odds, it doesn’t quite come across likely. On the contrary, the NBA odds are stacked against Phoenix. The Suns enter Tuesday’s clash with the Los Angeles Clippers soundly tipped at the disadvantage. Bovada Sportsbook tips the Suns as the +315 underdogs, while Bookmaker Sportsbook has the Suns trading as high as +351 to win straight up at the expense of the highly-fancied Clippers.

But it’s in point-spread betting markets where bettors can get an even greater sense of just how enormous the challenge before Phoenix really is: the Suns are being spotted 9-points at the expense of the highly popular Los Angeles Clippers.

And yet, according to SBR’s consensus report, early betting trends tip towards the underdogs. The public is collaring the points with Phoenix at early doors. Evidently, hoops fans, of which there is a good chunk, feel the Suns can give the Clippers a run for their money — if not clip their heels altogether. Hmmm…

Suns Look To Defy the Odds

The Phoenix Suns are flush off an impressive upset over the Dallas Mavericks; a 117-115 victory that practically sent seismic shockwaves through NBA betting circles. Few would have predicted the Suns would pull off the feat at the expense of the highly-rated Luka-Doncic-inspired Mavs. Indeed, the odds were stacked against the Suns (+6 against the spread at closing doors).

The Suns are fighting for a playoff spot and while it’s encouraging to see they’re not bowing down from the massive challenge before them, rising to the occasion against Dallas, it’s still the quintessential longshot bet. Perhaps, the Mavs are guilty of having underestimated the Suns.

Bearing in mind Phoenix’ wins over Dallas, the Clippers will have taken stock and won’t be taking the Suns lightly.

Head coach Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns talks with Deandre Ayton #22, Jevon Carter #4, and Cameron Johnson #23 during a pause. Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

Clippers Hope to Carry Momentum

LA Clippers opened their sojourn at the bubble with a narrow defeat to the LA Lakers. It was a highly entertaining game that came down to the wire, fittingly so. In their second contest, the Clippers bounced back spectacularly, dismissing the Pelicans with impunity.

Paul George was on fire right out of the gates, scoring three straight 3-pointers to set the tone on the day. George went on to score 8 of 11 3-pointers and finished with 28 points overall. Kawhi Leonard contributed 24 points in a game that saw the Clippers crack a franchise record by making 25 of 47 3-pointers.

Not all the Clippers came up smelling of roses though. Marcus Morris looks a bit lost if his most recent accounts are any indication. Against the Lakers, he was practically MIA. Against the Pelicans, he barely struck an audible chord with nine points and one rebound.

Head-to-Head Summary: Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers

TeamRecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTSteals
Phoenix1-92-86-4106.848.944.3341.997/31210.6
LA Clippers9-18-24-6118.459.550.2946.7110/2708.4

Key Stats and Trends

  • LA Clippers are ranked fourth overall ahead of this contest in scoring offense with an average of 116.1 scored per game. In their last 3 games, the Clippers are scoring an average of 119.3 points per game.
  • Phoenix Suns enter this contest ranked 14th in scoring offense with an average of 112.8 scored per game. In their last 3 games, the Suns are averaging 115.7 points per game.
  • LA Clippers rank 12th overall in scoring defense with an average of 109.5 points per game, In the last 3 games, the Clippers average 104.3 points against per game.
  • Phoenix Suns rank 20th overall in scoring defense with an average of 113.9 points per game. In the last 3 games, the Suns have averaged 116 points against per game.
Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

NBA Betting Verdict

As far as basketball betting goes, the NBA odds are quite lopsided. Cornered irrevocably with the Clippers, it’s a daunting task for the Suns – a side that hasn’t had much head-to-head success recently – even before the advent of Kawhi Leonard – against the Clippers. Streakiness and inconsistency makes the Suns a tough nut to crack as well.

In the Clippers, the Suns are set to face a complete side, solid on both sides of the ball. On paper it’s a mismatch with the 4th ranked scoring offense of the Clippers against the 20th ranked scoring defense of the Suns. Not to mention the formidable tandem of George and Leonard, a pair that can almost singlehandedly scorch opponents on a good day.

Tempting though it may be to allow an unforeseen upset over Dallas to sway the betting on this game, consistency rules. The Clippers are simply that much better. So, laying the points with the Clippers -8.5 (-105) at Heritage (Visit our Heritage Review) is the recommended NBA pick as such.

LA Clippers8.5 (-105)
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