Phoenix hosts the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Even during their era of life without Blake Griffin, the Clippers aren’t doing terribly and have won five of their last six games. The Suns are currently riding a seven-game losing streak.
Clippers make 30 free throws, boosts them over the Celtics
Los Angeles are currently on a long road trip and will be on the back-end of two straight games — they’ll play against Golden State on Thursday night. If anything, they’re very lucky to play an opponent like Phoenix right after taking on the NBA’s best team. In their first four road games, they have won three of those and the latest was a 129-119 victory over Boston. Having to play two of the NBA’s best team in the row is a tough task — especially cross-country.
However, the Clippers were able to be successful in the first half of that challenge. They hit 50 percent of their shots and converted a stunning 30-of-33 free throw attempts. Danilo Gallinari hit all 10 free throw attempts, which made up for his lackluster 4-for-11 from the field. DeAndre Jordan (11.8 ppg, 15 rpg) was his typical self-leading the team with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Avery Bradley (14.3 ppg) is out for Thursday’s game with a groin injury.
Booker’s return doesn’t stop losing streak, but Suns beat the spread
Phoenix’s season has seen some bright spots, but the defense remains incredibly lackluster. They’ve given up 129 points exactly in three of their recent losses and it certainly feels like they’re in the tanking mode. They did cover a double-digit underdog spread at Utah, but just barely — they ended up losing 107-97.
The Suns were on pace to cover for almost the entire game, but almost coughed it up at the very end. Devin Booker (24.2 ppg) has been dealing with a hip injury, but he returned against Utah after missing four games and put up 28 points. Tyson Chandler (6.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg) was out for the previous game with a neck injury and he is also doubtful for Friday’s contest.
- 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 road games
- 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 road games against teams with a losing home record
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games
Los Angeles could be quite gassed heading into this game after taking on Golden State right after a long cross-country trip from Boston. Still, their line predicts a slight hiccup and Booker won’t be able to do it himself especially after returning from an injury.