NBA Picks Against the Spread: Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Clippers
Saturday, 12/8/12, 3:30 PM EST, TV: PRIME
Opening Point Spread: Los Angeles -10.5
Current Betting Line: Los Angeles -10.5
Opening Total: 202.5
Current Total: 201.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Phoenix has lost five games in a row, including a 97-94 setback to the Dallas Mavericks as 3.5-point home favorites on Friday night, while going UNDER the total for the first time in three contests. “It’s always the same story,” commented Suns point guard Goran Dragic. “When you’re down so many points and you’re battling, your energy is going away.” The Suns will return home to host the Orlando Magic on Sunday, which could make this a bad situational spot for them when looking over the pro basketball odds page. Phoenix is 4-6-1 ATS on the road, with the OVER going 7-4 in that situation.
The Suns won three of four meetings with the Clippers last season, overcoming deficits of nine or more points in all three victories. Dragic will need to play a masterful game if the team plans on pulling off an upset in this spot, as he’s only one of six NBA players averaging better than 15.0 points, 6.0 assists and 2.00 steals. Phoenix has averaged just 93.0 points during its current losing streak, which is vastly different than the 102.5 it averaged in its previous 11 games.
Los Angeles is proving to be one of the better teams in the league, entering this affair on a four-game winning streak, which includes a 112-90 blowout victory over the Dallas Mavericks as 8.5-point home favorites on Wednesday. The Clippers have scored 101 or more points during this recent run, while the OVER has cashed in their last six games. The franchise is 8-3 at the Staples Center this year, including a 5-2 mark versus Western Conference opponents. Los Angeles is 1-6 ATS as a home favorite of 9.5 to 12 points over the last two-plus seasons, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA picks against the spread.
The Clippers last season series win against the Suns came during the 2003-04 campaign, which has led to a 7-25 record in the last 32 meetings. Power forward Blake Griffin is a player to watch on the offensive end, averaging 21.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in eight games in the series. Los Angeles also has one of the better second units in the league, with guard Jamal Crawford leading the way, averaging 17.8 points per game.
Sports bettors will likely back the Suns due to their 5-1 ATS mark in the last six meetings, while the Clippers are 3-3 ATS versus teams with a losing record.
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