NBA Predictions: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns
Tuesday, 3/4/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Los Angeles -3.5
Current Betting Line: Los Angeles -4
Opening Total: 218.5
Current Total: 219
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Los Angeles has won four games in a row, including a 108-76 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans as 11.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Clippers have four of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with forward Blake Griffin leading the way at 24.2 points a contest. He’s tallied 10 games with 30-plus points and 10-plus rebounds during the 2013-14 NBA campaign. Los Angeles is 16-5 SUATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Clippers are nearly unbeatable when point guard Chris Paul scores 20 or more points—compiling a 13-3 SU record this season when he reaches that number. Los Angeles has also received 19 consecutive 20-point performances from Griffin, which is the second longest streak of its kind in the NBA during the 2013-14 campaign. Offensively, the team is second in the league in scoring 107.2 points per game, which has led directly to winning 31 of 34 games when putting up 104 or more points.
Phoenix has won back-to-back games, including a 129-120 victory over the Atlanta Hawks as eight-point home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total in each of those contests. The Suns are 21-11 SU at home this season, including a 14-7 mark when taking on Western Conference opponents, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA predictions Tuesday night. Phoenix is 3-1 SUATS as home underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points this season.
The Suns have won 16 of the last 21 games in this series, which is important to consider when looking over the NBA betting lines. Phoenix ranks fourth in the league in knocking down 9.3 three-pointers per game, while it ranks behind eight teams in knocking down 37.2 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc. Of the team’s 24 losses this season—only five have come by a double-digit margin.
Sports bettors will likely back the Suns due to the home team covering the number in five of the last seven meetings in this series.
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