NBA Predictions: Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Monday, 3/10/14, 10:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Los Angeles -9
Current Betting Line:  Los Angeles -10
Opening Total:  220
Current Total:  220
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Los Angeles Clippers are 26-5 SU at the Staples Center
The Los Angeles Clippers are 26-5 SU at the Staples Center

Phoenix has won three of its last four games entering Sunday’s matchup with the Golden State Warriors, as it has averaged 124.3 points in those victories over that span.  The Suns are tied for league lead in knocking down 9.4 three-pointers per game, while sitting behind seven teams in shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc, which is important to consider when making your NBA predictions Monday night.  The team also paces all teams in scoring 19.0 fast-break points a contest.  Phoenix is 14-13 SU and 19-8 ATS on the road this season, with the UNDER going 14-12 in that situation.

The Suns and Clippers have split the first two meetings of their 2013-14 series, but the visiting team in this upcoming matchup has captured 46 of the last 66 installments.  Phoenix has three of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with point guard Goran Dragic leading the way at 20.5 points a contest.  Over his last 32 games, Dragic is averaging 22.4 points, 6.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds.

Los Angeles has won seven games in a row, including a 109-108 victory over the Atlanta Hawks as 15-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Clippers have been led by the tremendous play of forward Blake Griffin, who has scored 20-plus points in 22 straight games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines.  He’s also the third player in league history to reach 6,000 points, 3,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists before the end of his fourth season while shooting 50 percent or better from the field.  Los Angeles is 10-8 ATS in games with a total of 210 or higher.

The Clippers are a dominating 26-5 SU inside the Staples Center this season, including a 16-3 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  Los Angeles has won 22 of 23 games this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field, while it has compiled the third-best winning percentage against conference members.

Sports bettors will likely back the Clippers due to the favorite being 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in this series.

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