NBA: Phoenix vs. Los Angeles Prediction
The Los Angeles Clippers host the Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center on Monday evening. Cappers Picks provides free NBA Basketball handicapping tips all season long.
Phoenix Suns (12-9) at Los Angeles Clippers (14-5)
Date: Monday, December 7, 2014
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Staples Center
City: Los Angeles, California
NBA Gambling O/U Odds: 214.5
NBA Gambling Spread: Clippers -7.5
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The Clippers are looking to win their 10th game in their last 11 outings, while the Suns look to bounce back from a poor shooting performance their last time out.
Clippers points guard Chris Paul and power forward Blake Griffin have been dynamite for the team of late, powering their strong winning streak.
Paul is averaging 17.9 points on 53.4 percent shooting for the year, while Griffin is scoring 22.9 points on 50.1 percent shooting – only eight players in the NBA are averaging 17.0 points and shooting 50 percent or better.
They’ve upped their game of late on this 9-1 run by the Clippers. Paul has knocked down 18 of his 36 shots from beyond the arc and is shooting at an overall clip of 59.0 percent over his last 10 games.
Griffin is averaging 26.5 points on 61.4 percent shooting over his last five games.
Paul is coming off a performance in which he dished out a season-high 16 assists against the New Orleans Pelicans, and scored a season-high 32 points in the last meeting with the Suns – a 120-107 victory for the Clippers.
The Suns are coming off a poor shooting performance, in which they hit at a 36.6 percent clip in a 100-95 loss to the Houston Rockets, but they hit on 53.0 percent of their shots in their previous two games, both of which were victories.
FREE Suns vs. Clippers Pick:
The Clippers are in better form right now, and with the Suns playing on the road and on the front end of a back-to-back, they may pull their horses early if they see the game getting away from them, helping the Clippers to build a margin.
Additionally, the Suns come to town off a poor shooting performance, but they know how to fill the basket.
NBA Betting Trends:
The Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against Western Conference opponents, while the Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last five games after allowing 100 or more points in their previous game.
The Clippers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall, and they are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
The over is 6-2-1 in the Clippers’ last nine games overall, and it is 4-1 in their last five games against Pacific Division opponents.
The over is 8-2 in the Suns’ last 10 games against Western Conference opponents, and it is 4-1 in their last five games following a loss.
4* FREE NBA play: Clippers -7.5, Over 214.5
Both teams figure to get their points in this one, and that’s been the case with each of these sides when they meet with divisional opponents.
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