The Los Angeles Clippers visit Footprint Center to challenge the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday evening. The Clippers (29-30) are on the second night of a back-to-back set after upsetting the Warriors on Monday evening. Phoenix has the NBA's best record at 46-10, including a 24-5 mark at home. Landry Shamet (ankle) and Cameron Payne (wrist) are out for Phoenix. Kawhi Leonard (knee), Paul George (elbow) and Norman Powell (foot) remain out for Los Angeles, while Luke Kennard (ankle) is day-to-day.
Caesars Sportsbook lists Phoenix as a 12.5-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 222.5 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 Suns vs. Clippers, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Clippers vs. Suns:
- Suns vs. Clippers spread: Suns -12.5
- Suns vs. Clippers over-under: 222.5 points
- Suns vs. Clippers money line: Suns -1000, Clippers +650
- LAC: The Clippers are 3-6 against the spread with no rest
- PHX: The Suns are 15-14 against the spread in home games
Why the Clippers can cover
The Clippers inflict damage on opponents from the 3-point line on the offensive end. L.A. is in the top 10 in the NBA in 3-point accuracy, making 36 percent of attempts, and the Clippers are also in the top 10 in free-throw accuracy at more than 78 percent. Phoenix is No. 27 in the league in blocked shots, and the Suns are in the bottom 10 in free-throw attempts and 3-pointers per game on offense.
The Clippers also play tremendous defense, giving up fewer than 1.09 points per possession. L.A. is in the top eight of the NBA in both field-goal percentage allowed and 3-point percentage allowed. The Clippers are even better in preventing free-throw attempts, giving up fewer than 20 per game, and L.A. is above-average in both assist prevention and turnover creation, utilizing athleticism and a switch-heavy scheme to great effectiveness.
Why the Suns can cover
Phoenix is the best team in the NBA, winning 46 of the first 56 games to begin the season. The Suns are leading the league in point differential, out-scoring opponents by more than eight points per 100 possessions, and Phoenix's defense is tremendous. The Suns are in the top five of the league in points allowed per possession, but Phoenix's projection on the other end of the floor is even more intriguing.
The Suns are No. 2 in the league in offensive rating, scoring almost 1.14 points per possession, and Phoenix is in the top six in field- goal percentage, 2-point percentage, 3-point percentage, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio, points in the paint and turnover rate. L.A. has a bottom-five offense in the NBA on a per-possession basis, including subpar marks in free-throw creation and offensive rebound rate. The Clippers also struggle on the defensive glass, which could help to boost Phoenix's productivity on offense.
How to make Suns vs. Clippers picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting 223 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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