The NBA will go to the All-Star break following this divisional rivalry game which will be played on Thursday, February 16, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best Clippers vs. Suns betting pick and odds.
Phoenix is looking for the third win in a row when they welcome Los Angeles at Footprint Center. The Suns are slight -1.5 favorites on BetUS Sportsbook, while the total is set at 224 points. These Pacific Division foes will meet for the third time this year, the Suns lead 2-0 after winning both H2Hs in Los Angeles.
Clippers beat the Warriors at home
The Los Angeles Clippers (32-28, 30-30-0 ATS) returned home from a six-game road trip on which they recorded four wins. However, they opened a three-game home stand with a pair of losses to the Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks but managed to conclude it with a 134-124 victory over the divisional rivals Golden State Warriors. The Clippers won the third quarter by 16 points and that decided the tilt. Los Angeles shot 53.3% from the field, made 17 three-pointers, and committed only eight turnovers while forcing 11 on the other end.
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with a game-high 33 points, a team-high seven rebounds, and four assists. Norman Powell scored 24 points, Paul George had 20 points and game-high eight dishes, while Terance Mann added 16 points, six dimes, and five boards.
SF Norman Powell (right knee injury management) has been ruled out for Thursday’s game against Phoenix.
Suns didn’t have trouble with the Kings in Phoenix
The Phoenix Suns (32-27, 32-27-0 ATS) are back to the desert following a five-game road trip from which they returned four wins. The Suns are in excellent form at the moment; they won 11 of the last 14 games, including the previous two against the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings. That one over the Kings opened a three-game homestay and was very important because the Suns are now tied with the Kings with 32 wins at the top of the Pacific Division. Phoenix shot 56.8% from the floor and kept the visitors to 44.6%, and even though the Kings made twice as many triples (14-7), the Suns were better in assists (33-23) and forced 17 turnovers.
Devin Booker led the Suns in a 120-109 victory with 32 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Deandre Ayton posted a double-double of 29 points and team-high 11 boards along with a game-high four steals and blocks, Josh Okogie contributed 19 points and six rebounds, while Chris Paul erupted for a double-double of 17 points and a season-high 19 assists along with five boards and a pair of thefts.
SF Kevin Durant (knee), PG Cameron Payne (foot), and PG Landry Shamet (foot) are out indefinitely and will not face the Clippers on Thursday.
- 6-2 ATS in the last eight road games
- 9-4 ATS in the last 13 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game
- 7-3 ATS in the last ten games playing after a day of rest
- 4-10 ATS in the last 14 games following a straight-up win of more than ten points
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns Pick
The Clippers are playing well on the road in the last few weeks; they won seven of the previous nine, and if they were looking for a good moment to get revenge for a couple of home losses to the Suns – now’s the time. The Suns did get Kevin Durant in a blockbuster trade with the Brooklyn Nets, but they gave up Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson, while KD is still injured. That said, Phoenix lacks offensive weapons, which is a chance for the Clippers to get a W here. Of course, the hosts will rely on Booker, Ayton, and a former Clipper, Chris Paul, but I believe Los Angeles has more individuals who can decide the tilt. I am backing Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to lead their team to victory.
Pick: Take the Clippers at +3.5 (-133)
Phoenix perhaps scored 120 against Sacramento, but don’t expect that against one of the best defenses in the NBA. In fact, both teams are in the top 5 when it comes to points allowed per game with identical 111.2 ppg. I believe the Suns are shorthanded offensively, which is only to help the Clippers and the Under bettors. Under is 6-0 in the last six H2H meetings; Under is 5-0 in the Clippers’ previous five vs. a team with a winning straight-up record, while Under is 5-1 in the Suns’ last six overall.
Pick: Go Under 226.5 points (-130)