Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 10/23/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Sunday, October 23, 2022
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (+2)
Crypto.com Arena is the location where the Los Angeles Clippers will go up against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. Los Angeles is 2-point favorites. The over/under comes in at 224.
The Suns took the court against the Trail Blazers and took a loss by a final of 113-111 in their last game. Phoenix walked away from the game with a 45.7% FG percentage (43 of 94) and buried 10 of 27 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Suns made 15 of 21 shots for a rate of 71.4%. With respect to hauling in boards, they earned 41 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 31 dimes for this contest while forcing the other team into 18 turnovers and getting 14 steals. In relation to defense, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 43.9% from the field on 36 of 82 shooting. Portland recorded 14 dimes and had 8 steals in this contest. Additionally, Portland pulled down 48 rebounds (13 offensive, 35 defensive) and earned 1 block. Portland finished the game shooting 86.1% at the free throw line by knocking down 31 of 36 attempts. They also knocked down 10 of 29 tries from distance. Regarding personal fouls, the Suns ended up finishing with 29 and the Trail Blazers had 19 personal fouls.
Devin Booker is one guy who was a major factor for the contest. Booker shot 47.8% from the floor and totaled 3 assists. He was on the court for 44 mins played and grabbed 5 boards. He notched 33 points on 11 out of 23 shooting.
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Phoenix heads into this one with a record of 1-1 on the season. They currently have an average of 109.0 pts per contest (16th in the league) on 46.4% from the field. The Suns are hitting 36.7% on shots from beyond the arc (18 of 49) and 79.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, Phoenix is grabbing 40.5 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 56 dimes so far this season, which ranks 8th in the league in terms of passing. They are turning it over 14.5 times per contest and as a team they commit 29.0 fouls on a nightly basis.
Defensively, the Suns are able to force 16.5 turnovers per game while drawing 20.5 fouls. They are currently ranked 7th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 31 relinquished so far this year. The Suns defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 45.2% (71 of 157) and they relinquish 44.0 rebounds per game as a team. They relinquish 37.5% on three-point shots while they are 10th in the NBA in PPG allowed (109.0).
For their last game, the Clippers walked away with a victory by a final of 103-97 when they faced the Lakers. The Clippers snagged 48 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 58 for this game. They turned the ball over 21 times, while earning 7 steals for the game. The Lakers committed 24 fouls for this game which got the Clippers to the free throw line for 31 shots. They were able to knock down 20 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 64.5%. When it comes to shooting from distance, Los Angeles made 9 out of 29 tries (31.0%). Overall, the Clippers went 37 for 80 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.3%. The Clippers allowed the Lakers to bury 33 of 94 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 35.1% for the game. They finished shooting 20.0% from downtown by shooting 9 of 45 and finished the contest at 22 of 26 at the charity stripe (84.6%). Concerning rebounding, Los Angeles permitted Los Angeles to collect 38 in all (8 on the offensive side).
Ivica Zubac ended up being important for the Clippers in this contest. He knocked down 6 out of 6 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 100.0%, and had 17 rebounds. Zubac had 14 points in his 35 minutes of playing time and had 1 assist for the contest.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 1-0 for the season. The Clippers commit 24.0 personal fouls per contest and they hit 64.5% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 18.0 times per game (27th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 23.0 times per game. Los Angeles has scored 103 pts this year (103.0 per game) and they average 58.0 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Clippers are shooting 46.3% from the floor, which is 14th in basketball.
The Los Angeles defense concedes 20.0% on 3-pointers (9 of 45) and their opponents are converting on 84.6% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 23.0 dimes and 38.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 11th and 2nd in the league. The Clippers on the defensive end are ranked 2nd in the NBA in points given up per game with 97.0. They are able to force 10.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 35.1% from the floor (1st in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-2)
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