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Los Angeles Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Prediction and Odds | Dec 15

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Los Angeles Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Betting Preview

Two teams heading in two different directions will clash in Los Angeles tonight as the surging Clippers host the slumping Suns. There are injury and rest concerns on both sides entering this Western Conference matchup.

Los Angeles Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Betting Odds

Thursday, December 15 NBA Betting Notes, Courtesy of Caesars
Point Spread: Los Angeles Clippers -1.5 vs Phoenix Suns
Total: 218 Points
Arena: Arena in Los Angeles
Game Time: 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT

Clippers on the Climb

Los Angeles has won three in a row after beating Minnesota 99-88 on Wednesday night. Kawhi Leonard expanded his minutes cap and was effective again with 19 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Paul George recorded a triple-double against the T-Wolves with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Those two continue to grab the headlines for the red-and-blue, but the Clippers continue to get solid role production from their bench. Luke Kennard tallied 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond-the-arc. Nick Batum recorded 13 points and seven rebounds on his birthday last night. Los Angeles forced 17 Minnesota turnovers and held the Timberwolves to just 4-of-22 shooting from beyond the arc.

Now, playing the second night of back-to-backs leaves the Clippers with a bit of a dicey lineup, as head coach Ty Lue isn’t going to push Leonard after giving him more time last night, but his deep club is 10-5 against the points when unrested since January of 2022.

The Sun is Setting

Phoenix has its own problems on several levels, as the team has lost five straight and could again be without star Devin Booker, plus Deandre Ayton is iffy with a sprained ankle. While those two pieces are essential to the success of this team, their depth has taken a big hit too as Cameron Johnson, Cameron Payne and Duane Washington will all be out as well. The Suns have allowed three of their last five opponents to shoot over 51-percent from the field.

Not much has separated these teams over the last three years. Phoenix owns a mild 8-6 advantage straight-up, but they are tied at seven games apiece against the spread. Phoenix won the first meeting on its home court, but needs to show improvement on the road where the Suns are just 4-9 this season.

Los Angeles Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Trends

Ten of the last 14 meetings between these teams have stayed under the total.

Teams that have a winning record, but have failed to cover the spread in at least six of their last eight games (Phoenix) are 83-129 over the last five seasons when playing another team with a winning record.

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