Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns - 12/8/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (12-9) at Los Angeles Clippers (14-5)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 8, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5 See the Latest Odds
Two of the highest scoring teams collide tonight when the Phoenix Suns play the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Phoenix Suns have lost four of their last seven and are coming off a 100-95 loss against the Rockets on Saturday in a disappointing display after blowing away the Mavericks just the night before. Perhaps fatigue was a factor, because the Suns looked lethargic to start the game and got punished big time, falling behind by 60-41 going into halftime before rallying late. Eric Bledsoe led the way with 23 points while Gerald Green added 16 off the bench, but Markieff Morris shot just two of 14 to finish with four points after scoring 22 points in Friday's win. Isaiah Thomas missed his sixth game with an ankle injury and isn't expected back anytime soon.
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Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have been on an absolute tear, winning their last seven straight and coming off a 120-100 rout of the Pelicans. The Clippers built an early 18-point lead before seeing that lead disappear by halftime, but they regrouped in the break and dominated th second half 66-46 to win easily. Chris Paul ran the show with 18 points and 16 assists, while Blake Griffin added 30 points on 10 of 15 shooting, but it didn't stop there as JJ Redick added 21 points and Jamal Crawford had 20 to round out the scoring. LA started the season a little shaky but are now looking like they're in mid-season form, but it's still hard to get too excited because it's still early in the season and all LA are doing is beating up on the lesser teams.
In ATS trends, the Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 30-14-1 ATS in their last 45 games following a loss, while the Clippers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a win and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the Over is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings in Los Angeles.
I think there's some value on the Over bet in this one, but I just can't go past the Clippers in this one, especially because they've covered the spread in their last five straight.