The Los Angeles Clippers visit the Phoenix Suns in a high-profile Western Conference tilt on Thursday. The Footprint Center hosts the proceedings, with the Suns sporting a 16-4 home record and a 29-8 mark overall this season. The Clippers are 7-8 on the road and 19-19 overall to begin the 2021-22 campaign. Paul George (elbow), Luke Kennard (protocols), Isaiah Hartenstein (ankle), Ivica Zubac (protocols) and Kawhi Leonard (knee) are out for L.A.. Nicolas Batum (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup after missing five straight games. Deandre Ayton (reconditioning), JaVale McGee (reconditioning), Landry Shamet (protocols) and Jae Crowder (reconditioning) are out for Phoenix.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Phoenix as a 10.5-point home favorite for this 10 p.m. ET tipoff. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over-under, is 221 in the latest Clippers vs. Suns odds. Before making any Suns vs. Clippers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model

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Now, the model has set its sights on Clippers vs. Suns, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Suns vs. Clippers:

  • Clippers vs. Suns spread: Suns -10.5
  • Clippers vs. Suns over-under: 221 points 
  • Clippers vs. Suns money line: Suns -650, Clippers +450
  • LAC: The Clippers are 8-7 against the spread in road games 
  • PHX: The Suns are 10-10 against the spread in home games
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Why the Clippers can cover

The Clippers are strong defensively. L.A. is holding opponents to only 106.4 points per 100 possessions this season, largely because the opposition struggles to convert shots against the Clippers. Opponents are shooting just 33.1 percent from 3-point range against L.A., and the Clippers are in the top eight of the NBA in 2-point defense at 51.0 percent. The Clippers also lead the entire NBA in free-throw prevention, allowing 17.3 attempts per game, and rank in the top 10 in assists allowed (23.4 per game) and turnovers created (14.7 per game). 

The Suns are tremendous, but Phoenix is below-average on the offensive glass and in the bottom five in free-throw attempts this season. The Clippers create transition opportunities with 7.9 steals per game, and L.A. is making more than 36 percent of 3-point attempts on offense. The Clippers are also above-average at the free-throw line, making 78.3 percent of attempts.

Why the Suns can cover

Phoenix's defense is elite and L.A. is struggling to some degree on offense. The Suns are allowing 104.1 points per 100 possessions, No. 2 in the NBA, and Phoenix is in the top three of the league in field-goal percentage allowed (42.8 percent) and 3-point percentage allowed (32.8 percent). 

The Suns are in the top eight of the NBA in turnovers created (15.4 per game), steals (8.8 per game) and assists allowed (22.6 per game), with above-average marks in free-throw prevention (20.5 attempts allowed per game) and fast-break points allowed (11.4 per game). The Clippers are No. 27 in the NBA in offensive rating this season, ranking near the bottom of the NBA in offensive rebound rate and second-chance points. L.A. is also No. 23 in the league in turnovers on offense and No. 28 in the NBA in free-throw creation.

How to make Clippers vs. Suns picks

SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting 211 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's Suns vs. Clippers pick at SportsLine.

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