The Clippers and the Suns will face each other for the first time this season tonight but the Suns will be shorthanded without Kevin Durant which makes betting a side on this game easier. Let's take a closer look and get into our Clippers vs Suns Prediction - NBA Picks 1/3/24.
Los Angeles Clippers:
The Clippers have been performing well, winning three consecutive games leading up to this matchup. They have a record of 20-12 and are showing strength on both ends of the floor.
They also got Kawhi Leonard back in their last game so it's good for them to have him back after missing multiple games due to a hip injury. He had 24 points in his first game back.
Their offensive and defensive stats place them as a formidable team, with averages that position them well in the league rankings.
The Suns, with a record of 18-15, are also on a winning streak, having won their last four games.
Defensively, they rank 14th in the league, excelling in perimeter defense and keeping opponents off the free-throw line. However, they have areas of concern, particularly in rebounding and turnover creation.
Offensively, they average 115.2 points per game, ranking 14th, while their defense allows 113.6 points per game.
The game is expected to be tight, but the line has flipped with the announcement that the Suns will be without Kevin Durant who's averaging 29.9 points per game this season.