The Phoenix Suns and the LA Clippers enter this game on opposite trends at this point in the season. The LA Clippers now sit sixth in the Western Conference, with a 16-13 overall record and an 8-6 home record. The Phoenix Suns have fallen to fourth in the Western Conference, owning a 16-12 overall record and a 4-9 record on the road.
Entering this game on a 4-6 run over their last ten, the Phoenix Suns are desperate for a win. The LA Clippers on the other hand have impressed over their last few games, despite an overall average 5-5 record through their last ten.
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|Phoenix Suns||Head-to-Head||LA Clippers|
|Monty Williams||Head Coach||Tyronn Lue|
|16-12 (4th in West)||Standing||16-13 (6th in West)|
|116.6 (3rd of 30)||Off Rtg||109.6 (27th of 30)|
|112.4 (13th of 30)||Def Rtg||110.4 (6th of 30)|
|98.2 (21st of 30)||Pace||98.1 (23rd of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Booker (27.4)||PPG||P. George (23.8)|
|D. Ayton (9.5)||RPG||I. Zubac (10.9)|
|C. Paul (8.8)||APG||J. Wall (5.6)|
|C. Paul (1.5)||SPG||P. George (1.5)|
|B. Biyombo (1.5)||BPG||I. Zubac (1.6)|
|D. Ayton (.619)/D. Booker (9.8)||FG%/FGM||M. Brown (.653)/P. George (8.3)|
|D. Lee (.473)/C. Johnson (2.8)||3P%/3PM||L. Kennard (.463)/P. George (2.9)|
|Cameron Johnson||Phoenix Suns||08 Nov 2022||Out (Knee)||Johnson underwent surgery and should return in 1-2 months.|
|DeAndre Ayton||Phoenix Suns||13 Dec 2022||Day to Day (Ankle)||Ayton left Phoenix's Tuesday (Dec 13) game and will not return.|
|Devin Booker||Phoenix Suns||13 Dec 2022||Day to Day (Hamstring)||Booker was OUT for Phoenix's Tuesday (Dec 13) game.|
|Cameron Payne||Phoenix Suns||13 Dec 2022||Day to Day (Foot)||Payne left Phoenix's Tuesday (Dec 13) game and will not return.|
|Duane Washington Jr.||Phoenix Suns||13 Dec 2022||Day to Day (Hip)||Washington Jr. was OUT for Phoenix's Tuesday (Dec 13) game.|
|Norman Powell||LA Clippers||14 Dec 2022||Out (Groin)||Powell was OUT for LA's Wednesday (Dec 14) game.|
The LA Clippers and the Phoenix Suns are sure to put on a competitive game when they face off on Thursday night. The Phoenix Suns have suffered a devastating run of form as of late, losing five games in a row. The LA Clippers on the other hand have been mostly positive, having won three of their last five games.
Yes, the Phoenix Suns have been struggling with injuries to five different players through their recent losing run. Their defense has been dreadful through their five-game losing run, allowing their opponents to score 124.6 points per game on 50.5% shooting from the field and 37.0% from three. The Clippers though, have maintained their two-way quality, holding opponents to 109.6 points per game over their last five while shooting 45.4% from the field and 40.9% from three themselves.
With their injury issues and current form, it's difficult to see the Suns pulling off a win against a team as sound as the Clippers. Having covered the spread over their last three games, the Clippers certainly have the form that projects a winning performance.
Going by the numbers, the Phoenix Suns and the LA Clippers project to put on a classic offense-defense matchup. However, when you look at each team's recent form, there's plenty to suggest they may not meet their own expectations. With injuries also playing a factor in this game, it can be tough to pick.
The Suns average 115.4 points per game (8th in the NBA) while allowing 111.3 points per game (10th in the NBA), but are in the bottom half of total and three-point field goal efficiency allowed. Through the course of their five-game losing streak though, Phoenix are scoring just 109.4 points on 42.3% shooting and are allowing 50.5% shooting from their opponents. The LA Clippers' 107.9 points per game (30th in the NBA) isn't the most exciting thing to look at, but they allow just 108.7 points (4th in the NBA) on 45.4% shooting (5th in the NBA). They've even stepped up their scoring game as of late, averaging 113.4 points on 45.4% from the field and 40.9% from three over their last five.
The Clippers are feeling good and the Suns are in a poor run of form. Who plays for the Suns in this matchup will have a great effect on where to lean for the total. But for who is currently listed, expect the Clippers to hold down the shorthanded Suns. The Clippers don't have a rapid pace to keep up with in this game, and their efficiency should earn them the win.
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