Clippers vs. Suns 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds

Clippers vs Suns 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds

Written by on February 26, 2020

The Los Angeles Clippers have dropped their past two road games as they take a one-game road trip Wednesday night to Phoenix. The Clips are favored on the Mybookie NBA odds but did lose in the desert earlier this season. Let’s see how the NBA odds will be for the Clippers vs Suns.

Clippers vs Suns 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds

Clippers vs Suns Season Series

The teams have split two games, each winning at home. They last met on Dec. 17 in L.A. and the Clippers rolled 120-99. The Suns held their final lead of the game at 12-10 before a 21-9 run gave the Clippers a 10-point lead. The Clippers shot 50.6% from the field while the Suns shot just 40.2%. Paul George (24), Kawhi Leonard (20) and Lou Williams (20) each eclipsed the 20-point mark for LA. The Suns won the first meeting this season, snapping a 12-game winning streak for LA in the series. The Clippers still have won their past 12 at home in the series.

Why Bet on LA Clippers?

The Clippers stopped a three-game skid Monday with a 124-97 rout of Memphis. They were up 66-37 at halftime after setting a season low for points allowed in the first half.

“I thought we played with high intensity. I thought our guys were excited to see everybody,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We set the tone with our defense. With the way we can score, if we get stops, we’re going to score a lot of points.”

Kawhi Leonard tallied 25 points (10-of-17 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 25 minutes. Leonard didn’t have to play as much as he normally would with the game out of hand. Montrezl Harrell played just 20 minutes and had 22 points, three rebounds and two blocked shots.

Paul George had seven points with four rebounds, four assists and one three-pointer in 21 minutes. George has been dealing with the hamstring issue for quite some time, missing two significant stretches of games this season. Patrick Beverley had been out since Feb. 5 due to a groin injury but also returned. He had six points and three boards in 19 minutes.

The Clippers have 16 games this season where they have held their opponent to under 100 points scored which ranks seventh in the NBA. The Clippers have 23 games this season where they have scored 120+ points which ranks fourth in the NBA.

The Clippers currently rank first in the NBA in bench scoring (51.0 ppg) and in bench rebounds (20.8), and rank fifth in field goal percentage (46.4%). L.A. has outscored their opponents’ bench in 47 of 57 games this season.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 115.84
  • Field Goal %: 46.18
  • Three Point %: 36.45
  • Free Throw %: 78.74
  • Total Rebounds: 48.25

Defense

  • Total Score: 110.11
  • Field Goal %: 43.66
  • Three Point %: 34.41
  • Free Throw %: 76.16
  • Total Rebounds: 45.82

Why Bet on Phoenix?

The Phoenix Suns won for the third time in four games Monday, a 131-111 upset in Utah. With their 24th win, the Suns have now tied their highest win total in the last five years.

In his first game back in Salt Lake City after playing for the Jazz for two seasons, Phoenix point guard Ricky Rubio led an offense that shot 56% and seemed a step ahead of the Jazz all night. Rubio had 22 points, 11 assists and a career-high seven steals.

Deandre Ayton (ankle) shot 8-of-9 from the field in Monday’s win over the Jazz, scoring 16 points with five rebounds and two assists in just 21 minutes. Devin Booker had 24 points with four rebounds, 10 assists and two 3-pointers. Booker shot 8-of-18 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line, and this was his first double-double since going for 35 and 10 assists in a January 24 win over the Spurs. Booker’s next 30-point game will be his 86th career, tying Amar’e Stoudemire for 2nd-most in Suns history. Since Christmas, Booker ranks 7th in the NBA with 28.7 points per game.

A Suns lineup of Rubio-Booker-Kelly Oubre-Miles Bridges-Ayton is posting a Net Rating of +19.2 per 100 possessions in 212 minutes on the floor together this season. That’s the second-highest Net Rating of any lineup in the NBA (min. 200 minutes).

In 12 games with Ayton, Booker, Rubio and Aron Baynes all available to play, the Suns are 9-4 and they are 16-13 in 28 games with Baynes, Booker and Rubio all available. The Suns currently rank 1st in the NBA with an 82.1 free-throw percentage this season, the highest FT% in Suns history (prev. highs were 80.8% in 2006-07 and 80.6% in 2005-06) and 7th-highest in NBA history.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 112.55
  • Field Goal %: 46.32
  • Three Point %: 34.8
  • Free Throw %: 82.24
  • Total Rebounds: 43.21

Defense

  • Total Score: 113.5
  • Field Goal %: 47.33
  • Three Point %: 36.4
  • Free Throw %: 77.99
  • Total Rebounds: 43.79

Clippers vs Suns Game Trends

  • LA Clippers are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Clippers’ last 5 games.
  • LA Clippers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against Phoenix.
  • Phoenix are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix’s last 5 games.

Clippers vs Suns Expert Prediction

LA Clippers 116, Phoenix 111

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