Suns vs. Clippers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NBA Playoff Game (Offense Reigns Supreme at the Footprint Center)
By Larry Rupp
The 2022-23 NBA Playoffs continue on Sunday with a Western Conference showdown between the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns.
Suns vs. Clippers Game Info
- Date: Sunday, April 16, 2023
- Time: 8:00 PM ET
- Venue: Footprint Center -- Phoenix, Arizona
- Coverage: TNT
The Clippers finished the regular season as the No. 5 seed in the West with a 44-38 record, while the Suns ended up as the No. 4 seed with a 45-37 record.
Suns vs. Clippers Odds & Spread
- All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: PHO: (-295) | LAC: (+240)
- Spread: PHO: -7.5 (-110) | LAC: +7.5 (-110)
- Total: 226.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
The Suns enter this contest as clear home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 226.5 points, with both sides available at -110 odds.
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Suns vs. Clippers Betting Trends
- The Suns won 44 games against the spread last season, while failing to cover 38 times.
- Against the spread, as underdogs of 7.5 points or more, the Clippers went 6-4 last year.
- Last season, 41 Suns games went over the point total.
- Out of 82 Clippers games last year, 40 went over the total.
Suns vs. Clippers Prediction & Pick
It's worth pointing out the Clippers enter Sunday far from a healthy squad. All-Star Paul George is still recovering from a knee injury that has kept him on the sideline for three weeks now. He is making noticeable progress, though, so a return toward the back-end of this series cannot be ruled out.
Making up for George's scoring production (23.8 points per game) will not be easy, especially given the fact that the Suns rank seventh in defensive efficiency and sixth in points allowed per game (111.6). Phoenix held LA to an average of just 106.3 points across four regular season matchups.
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The Suns have a chance to pull away in this game considering the Clippers rank 20th in defensive efficiency when on the road. Stopping Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton is going to be tough for any opponent, let alone one that is missing a four-time All-Defensive player.
Final Score Prediction: Suns: 120 | Clippers: 111
Suns vs. Clippers Best Bet
If recent results have anything to do with it, Game 1 of this series is going to be a high-scoring battle. After all, the total has hit the over in eight of the Clippers' last nine games overall as well as in four of the Suns' last five games overall. The over has also cashed in eight of LA's last 11 games on the road.
Each team enters Sunday rested and ready to go, meaning stars like Durant & Kawhi Leonard should be on the court for 40 or more minutes as they attempt to earn an important 1-0 series lead. Each offense ranks among the top 10 in three-point percentage, too, so sit back and root for points here.
Bet: Over 226.5 Total Points (-110)
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