Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 6/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-1)
The Los Angeles Clippers (47-25) play the Phoenix Suns (51-21) at STAPLES Center on Thursday in Game 3 of their series. Phoenix leads 2-0. Los Angeles opens this contest as 1-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 218.5.
The Suns notched a win by a score of 104-103 in Game 2 on a buzzer beating tip-in by Deandre Ayton. Phoenix wrapped up the game having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (41 of 82) and knocked down 6 out of their 26 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Suns knocked down 16 of their 18 attempts for a rate of 88.9%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned 39 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 24 dimes in this matchup in addition to forcing 8 turnovers and earning 5 steals. When discussing defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to shoot 45.0% from the floor on 36 of 80 shooting. Los Angeles earned 18 assists and had 3 steals in this matchup. On top of that, Los Angeles grabbed 39 rebounds (7 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Los Angeles shot 75.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 18 of 24 tries. They knocked down 13 of their 34 shots from 3-point range.
Cameron Payne is one guy who came through in this matchup. He racked up 29 points on 12 of 24 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37:29 mins and also pulled down 1 rebound. Payne ended up going 50.0% from the field and dished out 9 dimes. Another guy that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Suns was Deandre Ayton. He pulled down 14 rebounds in his 34:32 min played. He finished 80.0% from the field in the game by shooting 12-of-15 (24 points). At the conclusion of this game, Ayton earned 1 assist.
Phoenix enters this one with a win-loss record of 51-21 so far this year. They lose possession via turnover 12.5 times per game and as a squad they commit 19.1 fouls every game. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling down 42.9 boards per game and has accounted for 1,939 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 3rd in basketball in terms of passing. The Suns are shooting 37.8% on three-point shots (940 of 2,490) and 83.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 115.3 points per game (7th in the league) while shooting 49.0% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Suns are able to force 13.6 turnovers per game while drawing 18.0 fouls. The Suns defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 46.7% (981 of 1,294) and they surrender 42.7 boards per game as a squad. They currently rank 4th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,652 surrendered this season. They are relinquishing 35.4% on three-point shots and they are ranked 7th in the league in points per game allowed (109.5).
In their Game 2 loss, the Clippers were able to pull down 32 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 39 for the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 8 times, while earning 3 steals in this matchup. The Suns were called for 20 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Clippers to the charity stripe for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to make 18 of the free throw tries for a rate of 75.0%. Regarding 3-point shots, Los Angeles made 13 of their 34 attempts (38.2%). When all was said and done, the Clippers went 36 out of 80 from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.0%. The Clippers allowed the Suns to make 41 out of 82 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.0% in this matchup. They shot 23.1% from distance by connecting on 6 of 26 and walked away from this one shooting 16 out of 18 from the charity stripe (88.9%). Concerning how they attacked the glass, Los Angeles permitted Phoenix to collect 39 in all (7 on the offensive side).
Paul George ended up being a factor for the Clippers for the matchup. He knocked down 10 of 23 for the matchup for a rate of 43.5%, and accumulated 6 rebounds. George had 26 points in his 41:20 minutes of playing time and tallied 6 dimes in the game. An additional guy who came through for Los Angeles was Reggie Jackson. He finished with 3 dimes in 38:40 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 7 out of 15 from the floor. Jackson walked away from this one going 46.7% from the floor in addition to contributing 19 points and 5 boards.
Los Angeles has a mark of 47-25 for the season. The Clippers commit 19.2 fouls per game and they shoot 83.9% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 24.4 times per game (17th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.2 times per contest. Los Angeles has earned 8,209 points for the season (114.0 per game) and they pull in 44.2 boards per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Clippers are connecting on 48.2% from the field, which has them ranked 5th in the league. The Clippers are ranked 4th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 107.8. The Los Angeles defense surrenders 35.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (833 of 2,341) and their opposition knocks down 77.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 22.9 dimes and 41.2 boards per contest, which ranks them 3rd and 1st in the NBA. They have forced 12.8 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the field (13th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix (-1)
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