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#515 Los Angeles Clippers -7 vs.
#516 Phoenix Suns 233
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 9:05pm EST
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix
Written by Blake V.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will look to add to their blowout win against Memphis when they travel to Phoenix on Wednesday night. Los Angeles is 38-19 on the season and snapped a three-game losing skid with Monday’s win. Phoenix has won three of its last four games to improve to 24-34 overall.

Clippers coming off monstrous win

Los Angeles wasted no time in bouncing back from its three-game losing skid. The Clippers jumped out to a 40-14 lead at the end of the first quarter as 11-point home favorites against Memphis on Monday. They also outscored the Grizzlies in the second and fourth quarter en route to a decisive 124-97 victory. Los Angeles has won nine of its last 10 games against Phoenix. The Clippers are one game behind Denver for second place in the Western Conference, but they trail the Lakers by six games for the top spot.

Superstar Kawhi Leonard leads Los Angeles with 27.2 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. He has also done a good job as a facilitator, dishing out 5.2 assists per contest. Leonard has made 93 of 249 attempts from beyond the arc. Forward Paul George is scoring 21.3 points per game and is grabbing 6.0 rebounds per game. He has been the best 3-point shooter on the team, making 112 of 287 attempts from beyond the arc. Veteran guard Lou Williams is once again in the conversation for the Sixth Man of the Year award, scoring 19.4 points per game.

Suns sneaking into playoff conversation

Phoenix has won three of its last four games and is now just 4.5 games back of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. The Suns’ recent wins have come against Golden State, Chicago and Utah. They were 6.5-point favorites against the Warriors and 3-point favorites against the Bulls. Monday night’s 131-111 road win came in surprising fashion, as Phoenix was an 8.5-point underdog. The Suns outscored the Jazz by a tally of 66-42 in the paint. Wednesday night’s game kicks off a six-game homestand for Phoenix.

Devin Booker leads Phoenix with 26.3 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game. Like Leonard, Booker is an excellent distributor. He is dishing out 6.4 assists per contest. Booker has made 109 of 301 attempts from beyond the arc. Center Deandre Ayton is scoring 18.9 points per game and is completing his double-double average with 11.9 rebounds per game. Forward Kelly Oubre Jr. is scoring 18.7 points per game and is grabbing 6.4 rebounds per contest. Guard Ricky Rubio is scoring 12.6 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 8.7 assists per outing.

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Los Angeles made a serious statement on Monday night. The Clippers are still one of the best teams in the league, especially when they are healthy. They easily covered the spread against a team that is fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Phoenix is in the same conversation, but is not as good as the Grizzlies. Los Angeles has dominated the recent head-to-head series, covering in eight of the last 10 meetings. The Clippers are 6-1 in their last seven road games against Phoenix. This spread is too small.

Prediction: Los Angeles -5.5

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The unders have been cashing for both of these teams in recent weeks. Phoenix has had four of its last five games go under the total, while four of the Clippers’ last five games have gone under the number as well. Los Angeles really seems to crank up the defensive intensity when it goes on the road. Eight of the Clippers’ last 12 road games have gone under. Phoenix continues to have its totals set too high, as nine of its last 13 games against a Western Conference opponent have gone under the total.

Prediction: Under 233
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.