Suns face Clippers at Staples Center
The Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers will meet for the first time this season on Monday night as those Western Conference clubs hit the hardwood at the Staples Center.
Overall the Suns are 6-4 both SU and ATS in their last 10 games against the Clippers, but Los Angeles went 3-1 both SU and ATS in their four NBA betting matchups last season.
The OVER/UNDER has gone 2-8 in the last 10 games between the teams.
The Suns will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 20-7-2 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Clippers are 19-13 ATS. Phoenix is 16-13 against the total, while Los Angeles is 15-16-1 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
This game matches up the No. 5 (Clippers) and the No. 6 (Suns) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 100-97 result in favor of the Clippers is predicted by handicapping models.
In their last action, Phoenix was a 115-101 winner at home against the 76ers. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (216) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Miles Plumlee scored 22 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-double, leading Phoenix over Philadelphia, 115-101, on Saturday at US Airways Center.
Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 98-90 winner as they battled the Jazz at home. The Clippers failed to cover in the match as a 14.5-point favorite, while 188 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Blake Griffin went off for 40 points and added 10 rebounds leading Los Angeles to a 98-90 win over Utah on Saturday at STAPLES Center.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 18-rated squad against Phoenix's No. 14-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 13 in the league with 7.84 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 2 with 9.59 per outing.
Phoenix home to Vancouver, Thursday, January 2nd
Los Angeles home to Charlotte, Wednesday, January 1st