Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 12/15/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
Crypto.com Arena is the location where the Los Angeles Clippers will take on the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.
The Suns stepped onto the hardwood against the Rockets and took a loss by a score of 111-97 in their last contest. Phoenix walked away from the game having earned a 32.0% field goal percentage (33 of 103) and buried 13 of their 51 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Suns knocked down 18 of their 19 attempts for a rate of 94.7%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they compiled 44 with 18 of them being offensive. They also recorded 22 assists for the matchup while creating 22 turnovers and earning 13 steals. In regard to defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to go 42.0% from the field on 34 of 81 shooting. Houston distributed 16 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Houston collected 67 boards (17 offensive, 50 defensive) and had 7 rejections. Houston finished 91.2% at the free throw line by knocking down 31 of 34 tries. They also knocked down 12 of 35 tries from distance. Concerning personal fouls, the Suns walked away with 24 and the Rockets totaled 21 personal fouls.
Mikal Bridges is one player who was a factor for the contest. Bridges finished the game shooting 16.7% from the field and also totaled 3 assists. He played for 38 mins played and collected 3 rebounds. He left the arena with 18 points on 4 of 24 shooting.
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Phoenix comes into this one with a win-loss mark of 16-12 so far this season. They are giving up possession 13.7 times per game and as a squad they commit 21.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Phoenix is pulling in 43.2 boards per contest and has 768 assists this year, which is 4th in the league in terms of passing. The Suns are shooting 37.6% on three-point shots (364 of 967) and 80.7% from the free throw line. They have an average of 115.4 pts per game (8th in basketball) while shooting 47.0% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Suns have forced 15.9 turnovers every game while drawing 20.4 fouls. They are surrendering 36.0% on three-point shots and they are 10th in basketball in points per game allowed (111.3). The Suns are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.9% (1,117 of 2,381) and they concede 43.0 boards per contest as a unit. They are ranked 6th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 647 conceded this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Clippers walked away with a victory by a final of 113-93 when they played the Celtics. The Clippers corralled 35 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 46 for this game. They turned the ball over 9 times, while earning 10 steals for this game. The Celtics earned 17 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Clippers to the charity stripe for a total of 21 shots. They were able to convert 15 of the free throws for a rate of 71.4%. When discussing shooting from downtown, Los Angeles made 10 of their 25 attempts (40.0%). Overall, the Clippers finished 44 for 90 from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.9%. The Clippers permitted the Celtics to bury 33 out of their 76 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.4% in this game. They shot 23.1% from 3-point land by shooting 9 out of 39 and ended up shooting 18 out of 26 at the free throw line (69.2%). When it comes to team rebounding, Los Angeles allowed Boston to get 36 overall (5 on the offensive glass).
Paul George ended up being a major contributor for the Clippers for the matchup. George tallied 26 points in his 35 minutes on the court and added 3 dimes for the contest. He buried 8 out of 22 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 36.4%, and had 6 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a mark of 16-13 so far this season. The Clippers are committing 20.1 fouls per contest and they connect on 74.9% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 22.7 times per game (26th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 15.4 times per game. Los Angeles has 3,128 pts so far this year (107.9 per game) and they average 43.8 boards per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Clippers are hitting on 46.5% from the floor, which ranks them 19th in the league.
The Los Angeles defense gives up 34.3% on three-point shots (350 of 1,020) and opponents are converting on 75.3% of their foul shots. They give up 24.1 dimes and 43.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 10th and 17th in the NBA. The Clippers on the defensive side of the court are 4th in the NBA in PPG given up with 108.7. They have forced 13.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.4% from the floor (5th in the NBA).
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Phoenix
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