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2021 NBA Handicapping
(19-19) LA Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns (29-8)
Date: Thursday, January 6th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: Clippers | Suns (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Suns -12
NBA Betting Total: 219
Thursday, January 6th, finds the LA Clippers playing the Phoenix Suns for the second time this season. LA won the initial meeting 111-95 on December 13th. The teams will play twice more once in Phoenix on February 15th and close the season series in LA on April 6th.
The Clippers last played on Monday losing 104-122 to the Wolves while the Suns played Tuesday in a 123-110 winning effort versus the Pelicans.
Without Paul George available and Kawhi Leonard already out the Clippers began the week with the 27th ranked offense. Their fourth-ranked defense is mostly responsible for why the club has been able to maintain a .500 record and cling to the eighth seed.
That so many Western teams are struggling this season is benefiting them as well. Historically the West has been the tougher conference and for the past decade-plus often had 10 teams all fighting to nab a playoff seed.
But this season is extremely different with the Warriors and Suns in a tier of their own followed by the Jazz and Grizzlies. Then there is a group of teams that includes the Clippers, Nuggets, Mavericks, and Lakers with the Wolves and Kings just behind them.
That sextet has all struggled to find consistency, endured injuries, and all were impacted by the health and safety protocols. Because of their mutual struggles, it’s benefited the Clippers.
While Ty Lue gets cited as a top coach how he’s navigating the adversity of this season points to why his name is frequently cited among the top five at his position.
Jason Preston (foot) and Nicolas Batum (ankle) are questionable for Thursday as are the trio of Ivica Zuba (quarantine), Luke Kennard (quarantine), and Brandon Boston Jr. currently in quarantine.
Isaiah Hartenstein (ankle), Kawhi Leonard (knee), and Paul George (elbow) are out indefinitely.
The recent struggles of the Suns, which to be fair, losing three of four games versus stiff competition and still only having eight losses is relative.
The bigger factor and the lesson to be gleaned from those losses is where the Suns need to bolster their roster. They are considered one of the deeper teams in the association and perhaps it was just a coincidence that the center spot got hit as hard as it did.
Jalen Smith’s performance notwithstanding it did point to the real need to add a player or two who can fill the power forward or center role should the need arise.
That might also be a moot point depending on when Dario Saric will return from his torn ACL and how confident the Suns are in JaVale McGee’s durability.
To that end, all five Suns currently in protocols were ruled out for Thursday including McGee, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton, Abdel Nader and Landry Shamet.
Frank Kaminsky (knee) and Saric (knee) have no definitive timetable for a return.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in the last 10 head to head
- The Clippers are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
- The Suns are 15-5 SU in their last 20 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Clippers’ last 5 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Phoenix’s last 11 games.
- The Clippers are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games.
Free LA Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
Even missing George the Clippers should keep this game close particularly as the Suns continue to miss so much of their frontcourt to protocols.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers +12
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