Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks, and Betting Preview
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Game Information
Clippers (4-2) vs. Suns (5-1)
Date: Sunday, January 3
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: PHX Arena
TV Coverage: FSAZ, PRIME
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: Clippers (-158) Suns (+134)
Spread: Clippers -3.5 (-110) Suns +3.5 (-110)
Total: 218.5 (-110)
Odds to Win NBA Championship: Clippers (+700) Suns (+4900)
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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns News and Notes
The Phoenix Suns are looking to win their fifth straight to improve their NBA-best record to 6-1 when they host the LA Clippers Sunday night. This is the Suns’ best start since 2009-10; also, the last year they made the playoffs. Phoenix looks like they are headed in that direction following the lead of their veteran floor general offseason acquisition.
Chris Paul has been a steadying and inspirational force for this young and up and coming Suns squad. Paul has been to the postseason in each of the past ten seasons, leading four different teams to the playoffs. His early-season play has that postseason streak looking to grow to 11 with his fifth NBA team. CP3 leads Phoenix with 8.7 assists and is one of six Suns scoring in double-figures this year. As a facilitator, Paul is a big reason for the Sun’s balanced, collective scoring punch.
The team’s top-four scorers outside of the 35-year-old Paul have an average age of just 23, so it’s easy to see where the veteran’s guidance stands with the Suns. But Phoenix is much more than an offensive team.
The Suns actually lead the NBA allowing just 98.7 points per game. Defense of the perimeter has been key as Phoenix is second in the league, allowing opponents to shoot only 30 percent from behind the arc. Another reflection of their seven-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member and undoubted leader, Chris Paul.
The Clippers will look to get the best of their former teammate. Of course, Paul played for LA from 2011 to 2017, a team he’s averaging 15 points and nine assists against in 26 career meetings. LA will look to contain Paul and company with their top-ten ranked defense led by Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard is still one of the top defenders in the league, and while he won’t be matched up directly with the Suns’ point guard, Kawhi is one of the best help defenders going. Leonard leads the Clip with 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game. But the former Spur is no one-trick pony and has no problem on the offensive end.
Leonard is also leading the Clippers scoring 23.8 points per game. Kawhi is shooting very efficiently from all parts of the court. The former Raptors has a pretty line of 46 percent from the field, 85 percent from the line, and 38 percent from the 3-point line. His success from behind the arc has been infectious to teammates.
The Clippers rank fifth in the league shooting 39 percent from 3-point land, just a tick above their leader Kawhi. LA’s other star, Paul George, has been a big part of the demolition from downtown. George leads the Clip and is fourth in the league, putting up 3.8 triples per game. He’s also doing it at an ultra-efficient 45 percent clip while putting up almost 23 points per game.
LA has covered in four of six games this season, while the Suns have hit the spread in four straight and five of six games this year. The under certainly looks like a strong play in this one. Phoenix has gone below the number in every game this season and by a lot. The Suns have averaged 17.5 points under the total in six games, while LA has dropped low in three of their past four.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns Predictions and Picks
Suns cover +3.5 (-110)
Under 218.5 total points scored (-110)
Kawhi Leonard under 27.5 points (-116)