The Suns and Clippers just played each other last week where the Clippers won 131-122. The Suns didn't have Kevin Durant in that game due to injury but he was back in action yesterday and he should be playing tonight. Let's get into our Suns vs Clippers Prediction - NBA Picks 1/8/24.
The Suns, standing at 19-17, are positioned ninth in the Western Conference. They have a record of 13-23 against the spread and an over-under record of 20-16.
Key players for Phoenix include Kevin Durant, averaging 29.9 points per game, and Devin Booker, contributing 26.5 points per game along with a team-leading 7.9 assists per night. However, Durant was questionable entering the game on Sunday due to a hamstring issue, casting some uncertainty on his participation for tonight.
Phoenix's defense ranks 14th in the NBA, allowing an average of 113.8 points per game. They have been relatively strong on two-point field goal defense, allowing a shooting percentage of 52.7%.
Los Angeles Clippers:
The Clippers, with a record of 22-13, are fourth in the Western Conference and have odds of +1000 to win the title, indicating high expectations for the season.
Key players for the Clippers include Kawhi Leonard, leading in both scoring (24.4 PPG) and steals (1.6 SPG), and James Harden, contributing 17.4 points per game along with a team-leading 8.3 rebounds per night.
Los Angeles' defense has been impressive, ranking 8th in the NBA in points allowed. During their five-game winning streak, they have limited opponents to just 106.2 points per game. Their offense averages 111.5 points per game.
Both teams will be playing on the second night of a back-to-back, which could impact the performance.
The Suns, currently the underdogs, have struggled recently in covering the spread, especially when Durant's play is uncertain due to injury. This could give the Clippers an edge, especially given their recent defensive form.
The prediction leans towards the Los Angeles Clippers to cover the spread, particularly if Durant is absent or limited for the Suns. But it seems like a safer bet to bet on the over based on what we saw from these teams when they played last Wednesday.
Clippers / Suns Over (229.5)