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With just half a game separating these teams in the standings, both the LA Clippers and Phoenix Suns are looking to establish themselves in the top four of the Western Conference. The Suns are currently fourth in the Western Conference with a 32-27 overall record and a 20-9 home record. The Clippers are ranked fifth in the Western Conference with a 32-28 overall record and a 17-15 road record.
The Suns and the Clippers have met twice already this season, with Phoenix comfortably earning a win in both matches. This will be the third of four matchups between the Clippers and Suns this season. After losing both home games, the Clippers will face the Suns in Phoenix.
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|LA Clippers||Head-to-Head||Phoenix Suns|
|Tyronn Lue||Head Coach||Monty Williams|
|32-28 (5th in West)||Standing||32-27 (4th in West)|
|113.8 (20th of 30)||Off Rtg||114.2 (17th of 30)|
|113.6 (10th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.7 (9th of 30)|
|97.4 (26th of 30)||Pace||98.0 (22nd of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|P. George (23.2)||PPG||D. Booker (26.8)|
|I. Zubac (10.1)||RPG||D. Ayton (10.2)|
|P. George (5.3)||APG||C. Paul (9.0)|
|P. George (1.5)||SPG||C. Paul (1.5)|
|I. Zubac (1.3)||BPG||B. Biyombo (1.3)|
|M. Brown (.635)/K. Leonard (8.2)||FG%/FGM||D. Ayton (.593)/D. Booker (9.7)|
|L. Kennard (.447)/P. George (2.9)||3P%/3PM||D. Lee (.437)/C. Johnson (2.6)|
|Cameron Payne||Phoenix Suns||07 Jan 2023||Out (Foot)||Payne will be re-evaluated at a future date.|
|Landry Shamet||Phoenix Suns||30 Jan 2023||Out (Foot)||Shamet is out indefinitely, there is no timetable for his return.|
|Kevin Durant||Phoenix Suns||07 Feb 2023||Out (Knee)||Durant remains without a timetable for his return.|
Only half a game separates these teams in the Western Conference standings and both the Phoenix Suns and LA Clippers are looking to sit fourth in the table before the All-Star break. The Suns enter this game on a two-game win streak while they've gone 7-3 over their last 10 games. The Clippers won their last game, and have been positive going 6-4 over their last 10 games.
The LA Clippers get by off the back of their tremendous defense, allowing just 111.2 points per game (4th in the NBA) on 47.0% from the field (10th in the NBA). They're coming off of an impressive win over the Warriors in their last match, where they scored 134 points on 53.3% from the field and 47.2% from three-point range. The Phoenix Suns are a similarly capable defensive team, allowing just 111.2 points per game (5th in the NBA) on 46.7% from the field (8th in the NBA) while hitting 11.4 threes per game (4th in the NBA). Phoenix were able to hold down the league's best offense in their last game, scoring 120 points on 56.8% from the field while allowing just 109 points on 44.6% from the field.
These two teams are actually quite similar, but Phoenix has had the advantage in their last two outings. With the edge at the point guard position, we're giving the Suns the benefit of the doubt. LA have shown a better offense than their season averages suggest, but the Suns have home-court advantage and excellent form.
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The LA Clippers and Phoenix Suns are both defense-focused teams who don't project to clear 224.0 points in this matchup. The LA Clippers own a combined points total of 222.6 on a plus-0.2 margin this season. The Phoenix Suns have an average 224.0 points total on a plus-1.6 differential through their 59 games this season.
Over their last 10 games, the LA Clippers have averaged a combined 231.3 points per game on a plus-3.1 points differential. Through the Phoenix Suns' last 10 games, they've averaged a combined total of 220.9 points on a plus-2.9 points differential. In that span the Suns have cleared 224.0 just four times while the Clippers have cleared the total six times.
An average of 16.5 points has separated the Suns from the Clippers in their two meetings this season, with neither of their two games resulting in a win for LA. We don't expect the trend to change in their third meeting, despite the changes to both teams through the NBA trade deadline.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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