Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 12/13/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Monday, December 13, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: NBA TV
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-2)
STAPLES Center is the site where the Los Angeles Clippers (15-12) will play the Phoenix Suns (21-4) on Monday. Los Angeles opens this contest as 2-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The betting total is set at 213.
The Suns stepped onto the hardwood against the Celtics and earned the victory with a final of 111-90 in their last contest. In relation to personal fouls, the Suns walked away with 21 while the Celtics totaled 13 personal fouls. They also converted 4 out of their 26 attempts from beyond the arc. Boston ended up going 66.7% from the free throw line by burying 16 of their 24 shots. In addition, Boston collected 31 rebounds (15 offensive, 16 defensive) and got 9 blocks. Boston doled out 46 assists and had 13 steals in the matchup. With respect to defending, Phoenix let their opponent shoot 37.6% from the field on 35 of 93 shooting. They also recorded 25 assists in the game while forcing the other team into 6 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When talking about pulling down boards, they earned a total of 53 with 14 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Suns made 11 of 11 tries for a rate of 100.0%. Phoenix walked away from the contest with a 44.8% field goal percentage (43 of 96) and knocked down 14 out of their 38 3-point shots.
JaVale McGee is one guy who came through in this game. He ended up with 21 points on 9 out of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 26 minutes and also collected 15 boards. McGee ended up shooting 56.3% from the field and also recorded 2 dimes.
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Phoenix steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 21-4 on the year. They lose possession via turnover 13.7 times per game and as a squad they are committing 18.9 fouls per game. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling down 45.4 boards per contest and has accounted for 652 dimes on the season, which ranks 12th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Suns are hitting 36.9% on three-point attempts (284 of 770) and 78.0% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 111.4 points per contest (5th in basketball) while shooting 47.7% from the floor.
On defense, the Suns are forcing 15.8 turnovers per game and they draw 19.3 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 34.4% on 3-point shots while they are 5th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (104.4). The Suns defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 43.4% (975 of 2,247) and they surrender 46.3 boards per game as a unit. They are currently ranked 2nd in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 560 relinquished this year.
The last time they took the court, the Clippers went home victorious with a score of 106-104 when they played the Magic. When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Los Angeles permitted Orlando to pull down 35 in total (10 offensive). They finished shooting 36.4% from distance by hitting 12 out of 33 and finished the contest at 22 out of 24 from the free throw line (91.7%). The Clippers allowed the Magic to bury 35 out of their 80 tries from the floor which had them shooting 43.8% in this matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Clippers finished the game shooting 42 out of 92 from the field which had them shooting 45.7%. With respect to shots from 3-point land, Los Angeles buried 18 out of their 36 tries (50.0%). They were able to convert 4 of the free throws for a rate of 66.7%. The Magic committed 11 fouls for the contest which took the Clippers to the free throw line for 6 shots. They gave up possession 7 times, while getting 7 steals in this contest. The Clippers collected 33 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for the matchup.
Luke Kennard was important for the Clippers for the contest. He made 8 out of 16 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 3 rebounds. Kennard earned 23 points in his 36 mins on the hardwood and accumulated 5 assists in this game.
Los Angeles has a record of 15-12 so far this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Clippers are hitting on 44.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 20th in basketball. Los Angeles has scored 2,863 pts this year (106.0 per game) and they grab 44.2 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 22.9 times per contest (19th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.9 times per contest. The Clippers commit 18.0 fouls every game while shooting 79.7% from the charity stripe.
The Clippers defensively are ranked 7th in basketball in points given up per game with 104.6. They are forcing 15.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 44.1% from the floor (8th in basketball). The Los Angeles defense surrenders 33.7% on shots from beyond the arc (309 of 917) and their opposition makes 79.0% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 22.2 dimes and 46.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 6th and 25th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Phoenix (-2)
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