Los Angeles Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 1/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: PHX Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-2.5)
The Phoenix Suns (5-1) play the Los Angeles Clippers (4-2) at PHX Arena on Sunday. The spread on this game has Los Angeles as 2.5-point favorites. The total is set at 222.5.
The Los Angeles Clippers played the Utah Jazz and took a loss by a final of 106-100 in their last game. Los Angeles wrapped up the contest with a 38.8% field goal percentage (33 of 85) and made 13 out of their 33 3-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Clippers made 21 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 87.5%. In regard to hauling in rebounds, they earned 43 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 19 assists for the contest in addition to getting 6 steals and 8 blocks. With respect to defense, Los Angeles let their opponent shoot 46.1% from the field on 41 out of 89 shooting. Utah distributed 28 dimes and had 3 steals for this game. In addition, the Jazz collected 46 rebounds (13 offensive, 33 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. Utah finished 64.3% from the charity stripe by burying 9 of their 14 shots. They also converted 15 of 42 attempts from long range.
Paul George is a player who came through for the contest. He recorded 25 points on 6 of 22 shooting. He saw the court for 37:44 mins played and also totaled 8 rebounds. George shot 27.3% from the floor and dished out 4 dimes. Another guy that had an impact in the game for the Clippers was Kawhi Leonard. He grabbed 16 rebounds and also tallied 9 dimes. He finished the contest at 42.1% from the floor in the game by shooting 8-of-19 (20 points). Overall, Leonard was on the court for 38:41 minutes.
Los Angeles will play this game with a record of 4-2 on the campaign. They cough up possession 14.5 times per game and as a squad are committing 23.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Los Angeles is snagging 41.7 boards per game and has totaled 148 dimes for the campaign, which is 6th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Clippers are connecting on 39.4% on shots from distance (84 of 213) and 81.6% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 110.3 points per game (16th in the league) while connecting on 46.6% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Clippers are forcing 14.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.7 fouls. They are conceding 33.0% on 3-point shots and they are 12th in the league in PPG allowed (108.8). The Clippers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 45.3% (87 of 106) and they surrender 42.8 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 22nd in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 136 surrendered so far this year.
When they last played, the Phoenix Suns took home the win by a final score of 106-103 when they faced the Denver Nuggets. The Suns corralled 29 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 37 in the game. They also stuffed 4 tries while recording 2 steals for this contest. The Nuggets earned 25 fouls for the contest which got the Suns to the charity stripe for 21 attempts. They were able to make 19 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 90.5%. In terms of shots from distance, Phoenix made 13 out of their 35 tries (37.1%). Overall, the Suns went 37 out of 76 from the field which had them at 48.7%. The Suns allowed the Nuggets to bury 39 of 85 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 45.9% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 41.4% from distance by going 12 of 29 and finished the game at 13 out of 16 at the free throw line (81.3%). Regarding how they rebounded, Phoenix permitted Denver to collect 38 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Deandre Ayton was important for the Suns for this contest. He knocked down 10 out of 13 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 76.9%, which had him finishing with 22 points. Ayton snagged 11 boards in his 37:30 minutes of time on the court and had 2 assists for this contest. Someone else that was important for Phoenix was Devin Booker. He ended up with 22 points in 34:55 mins on the court via 9 of 17 shooting in the matchup. Booker wrapped this one up going 52.9% from the field as well as collecting 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Phoenix has a win-loss record of 5-1 on the campaign. When it comes to offensive execution, the Suns are shooting 46.6% from the floor, which ranks them 11th in basketball. Phoenix has 648 pts for the campaign (108.0 per game) and they snag 42.2 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 25.7 times per contest (9th in the NBA) and they turn it over 13.8 times per game. The Suns are committing 20.7 fouls per contest and they hit 82.2% from the charity stripe. The Suns defensively are ranked 1st in basketball in PPG surrendered with 98.7. They are able to force 14.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 45.0% from the floor (11th in the league). The Phoenix defense concedes 30.0% on shots from distance (51 of 170) and their opposition knocks down 70.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 20.0 assists and 43.2 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 1st and 9th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-2.5)
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