The Phoenix Suns will be looking for a more respectable result on Sunday night as they play host to the Los Angeles Clippers - a team that covered a big spread against them earlier in the month.
The Clippers easily topped the Suns 117-99 as a 10.5-point home favorite in the first meeting of the season between the Western Conference clubs on December 8. That broke a streak of six straight UNDER results in games between the Clippers and Suns.
This season the Suns are 11-16 overall and 11-15-1 ATS against the number, while the Clippers are 20-6 and 16-10 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Phoenix is 13-14 on the OU, and Los Angeles is 14-12.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Suns at No. 29 and the Clippers at No. 2 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 107-95 result in favor of the Clippers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Phoenix's No. 12-ranked offense (98.1 PPG) against a Clippers defense that ranks No. 4 at 92.2 PPG. The Suns have averaged 45% from the field per game, less than the Clippers have managed so far this season (47.7% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Clippers own the league's No. 5-rated mark, allowing 93.4 points per game when playing on the road. Phoenix, on the other hand, rates No. 12 in scoring on their home court.
Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 97-85 winner as they battled the Kings at home. The Clippers failed to cover in the match as a 13.5-point favorite, while 182 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Los Angeles got 24 points and 13 assists from Chris Paul en route to a 97-85 victory over Sacramento on Friday at STAPLES Center.
Last time out for Phoenix, they were a 96-93 loser as they battled the Trail Blazers on the road. The Suns covered in the match as a 4.5-point underdog, while 189 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Suns endured a 96-93 loss at the hands of the Trail Blazers on Saturday, despite an 18 -point effort from Marcin Gortat at Rose Garden.
Los Angeles Clippers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Denver are 7-3
After playing Sacramento are 4-6
After a win are 10-0
Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing New York are 6-4
After playing Portland are 8-2
After a loss are 3-7
A few Clippers at Suns trends to consider:
LA Clippers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
LA Clippers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the LA Clippers last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the LA Clippers last 7 games when playing Phoenix
Phoenix is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 7 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games at home
LA Clippers home to Denver, Tuesday, December 25
Phoenix home to New York, Wednesday, December 26