When you look at the current NBA schedule, you might be more than a little surprised to see teams listed as home and away. After all, every team is playing in the same bubble in Orlando, Florida, but the league is doing some things to deliver what might feel like a home court advantage. The team listed as being at home on game day will get extra warm-up time and may also use fan noise and video of their home crowd around the court. Let’s have a look at one of the upcoming matches so you can place your bets against their NBA odds.
NBA Betting – Phoenix Suns Vs LA Clippers Game Preview
While this is certainly not a true home court experience, it does make things feel a little more normal. We will pay attention to the home and away records here, but you can decide whether or not that really matters in the current environment. We have another full day of action set to go on Tuesday, with no less than 6 games on the schedule. The Phoenix Suns have some work to do if they want to get into the playoffs or the play in game and will have a tough time against one of the best teams in the Western Conference. The Clippers come in favored by 9, with the point total set at 230.
Why bet on the Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns are classified as the road team for this one, but given how they have played this season, that would mean little, even if they were on their court for real. Overall this season, the Suns are 28-39, winning 14 game at home and on the road. As bad as that is, they are still within 2 games of the play in spot, but there are also 4 more teams ahead of them, so they need to win and get some help along the way. With just 1 win in their last 10 meetings with the Clippers, a victory seems unlikely. The Suns are battling, though, and have won both their games since returning to action. They are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, but just 2-9 ATS in their last 11 versus the Clippers.
Why bet on the LA Clippers
The Clippers are 1-1 since the restart, but they are also probably a little unlucky not to be 2-0, as it was a tight 2-point loss that they took in their bubble opener against the Lakers. The bounced back from that one in a big way, hammering the Pelicans 126-103. This is considered a home game for the Clippers, who are 26-7 in their own building. Again, they are not in their own building, so consider that they are 19-14 when playing outside the Staples Center. More importantly, though, they are 28-9 versus teams with a record below .500 this season. As the home team, the Clippers have covered 8 in a row versus the Suns. They are also 5-1 ATS in their last 6 overall.
- When: Tuesday, August 4 at 4 PM EST
- Where: Wide World of Sports, Orlando
- Suns Vs Clippers Live: NBATV
- Money Lines: Suns +325 / Clippers -425
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I am taking the Clippers to win and cover here, and I am also leaning towards the UNDER given that 5 of the last 6 games played by the Clippers have gone that route.
Pick: Phoenix Suns 106 LA Clippers 118