Phoenix Suns (16-12) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (16-13)
December 15, 2022 10:30 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers ; Over/Under: -
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The Los Angeles Clippers play host to the Phoenix Suns at the crypto.com Arena on Thursday night.
The Phoenix Suns have been in a real slump as they’ve lost six of their last seven games and they will be hoping to put a halt to a five-game slide after getting routed by the Rockets in a 111-97 road loss on Tuesday. Mikal Bridges led the way with 18 points, Chris Paul added 16 points with seven assists while Landry Shamet chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the Suns shot a horrid 32 percent from the field and 13 of 51 from the 3-point line as they struggled to find their offense and were never in the contest after managing just 35 points in a nightmare of a first half. Bridges had a night to forget as he shot just four of 24 from the field while Torrey Craig and Damion Lee each shot just two of nine from the field.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have been on a nice run as they’ve won four of their past six games and they will be aiming for a fourth straight victory after routing the shorthanded Timberwolves in a 99-88 win last night. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds, Paul George tallied a triple-double of 17 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists while Luke Kennard chipped in with 16 points off the bench. As a team, the Clippers shot just 38 percent from the field and 14 of 46 from the 3-point line as they struggled to get going and managed just 38 points in the first half, but they didn’t panic and came back strong with 61 points in the second half to make it look easy in the end. Defensively, the Clippers did a great job of forcing the Timberwolves into 17 turnovers while restricting them to just four of 22 from the 3-point line.
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The Suns could be severely shorthanded once again as Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton are both questionable, while the Clippers will likely be without John Wall and Norman Powell once again. The Suns will take any win they can get to help them out of their current slump, but they’re banged up and low on confidence after getting routed by the Rockets on Tuesday. The Clippers are playing this on zero days rest, but they looked good in last night’s win over the Timberwolves and I think they can take advantage of this struggling Suns squad.