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Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers Pick & Prediction APR 8TH 2021
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Phoenix vs. Los Angeles Recap APR 8TH 2021
Devin Booker's buzzer-beating, turnaround jumper as time expired capped a 35-point effort, and the Phoenix Suns knocked off the Los Angeles Clippers, 117-115, in Tuesday's seeding-round matchup.
The Suns (29-39) extended their perfect start in the Orlando-area bubble restart, winning their third straight and keeping hopes of a surprise run to the playoffs alive.
Phoenix jumped ahead in the first quarter when Booker sank three of his six made 3-pointers over a two-minute stretch. The Suns fell behind in the late second quarter before back-to-back Cameron Payne 3-pointers reclaimed an edge they maintained much of the second half.
Payne finished with 12 points off the bench and was one of five Suns to score in double-figures. Deandre Ayton scored 19 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists, Ricky Rubio added 18 points and four assists, and Dario Saric chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Led by Booker's 6-of-9 performance, Phoenix shot a blistering 53.1 percent from behind the 3-point line. Both Rubio and Mikal Bridges, who finished with nine points, went 3 of 4 from deep.
Conversely, the Clippers (45-22) shot a dismal 8 of 29 from long range. Kawhi Leonard went 2 of 4 from outside en route to a team-high 27 points, and JaMychal Green shot 2 of 4 beyond the arc for 10 points.
No other Clipper made more than one 3-pointer. Paul George, whose 23 points were second on the team, shot finished 1 of 7 from behind the 3-point line and 6 of 17 from the floor in total.
Although the Suns capitalized on their hot shooting and the Clippers going cold, their second-half lead never surpassed 11 points. As the Clippers remained in striking distance, Leonard stepped up with six points in the final 3:03.
His two made free throws with 31.3 remaining negated Booker's tie-breaking floater a possession earlier, but Booker got another shot at closing it out after a Bridges steal with eight seconds left.
Phoenix came into the Orlando-area bubble with the worst record among the Western Conference teams, but remains alive for the playoffs after a 3-0 start. The Suns sit three games behind No. 8-seed Memphis, but will need to help to pass New Orleans, San Antonio and Portland to sneak into the play-in series.
--Field Level Media
The Los Angeles Clippers ran their home record to 20-8 this season, pushing past the Phoenix Suns 113-103 on Thursday in a battle of the second and third teams in the Western Conference standings.
For the Clippers' second straight game, Paul George had the hot hand. Two nights after pouring in 36 points in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, George scored 33. His 12 for 19 shooting included 7 of 9 from 3-point range.
Down by eight about midway through the second quarter, the Suns went on a 22-12 run to take a 56-54 at the half. They shot 65.7 percent from the field in the process,
The Clippers, who went 18 of 37 on 3-pointers for the game, hit 4 of 8 from long range in the third quarter and led 83-81 going into the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles extended that lead to as many as 14 in the final quarter and never trailed the rest of the way.
Patrick Beverley hounded Devin Booker, Phoenix's top scorer, most of the evening, but the two-time All-Star still finished with 24 points. Mikal Bridges added 20 points and Deandre Ayton chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Paul totaled 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
While George had it going early, Kawhi Leonard took over in the second half, scoring 14 of his 27 points in the third quarter. New addition Rajon Rondo did a nice job of setting the table for the Clippers off the bench, finishing with 15 points, nine assists and no turnovers.
The back-and-forth affair had 15 lead changes and was tied 10 times. The game also included an ejection when Patrick Beverley's foul on Paul with just over seven minutes left was determined to be unnecessary and excessive after a video review.
Beverley was on a minutes restriction, and finished scoreless with two rebounds in 17 minutes.
With the game in hand, L.A.'s Marcus Morris also was ejected for arguing with officials.
The loss snapped Phoenix's seven-game winning streak and dropped the Sun's NBA-best road record to 17-7.
The Clippers have won three in a row and nine of their last 11 games.
--Field Level Media
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- Miami W 86 - 106
- Houston W 120 - 126
- Washington W 106 - 134
- @L.A. Clippers L 103 - 113
- Utah W 113 - 117
- @Houston W 133 - 130
- Oklahoma City W 103 - 140
- Chicago W 116 - 121
- Atlanta W 110 - 117
- @Charlotte W 101 - 97
- @Detroit W 100 - 98
- @Indiana W 126 - 115
- Detroit W 124 - 131
- Houston W 109 - 126
- Phoenix W 103 - 113
- Portland W 116 - 133
- L.A. Lakers W 86 - 104
- Denver L 101 - 94
- Orlando L 103 - 96
- Milwaukee W 105 - 129
- Sacramento(01-08-19) W 111 - 115
- San Antonio(11-14-18) W 96 - 116
- @Milwaukee(11-23-18) W 116 - 114
- @Philadelphia(08-11-20) W 130 - 117
- @Boston(07-26-20) L 103 - 117
- @Philadelphia(11-01-18) L 113 - 122
- Minnesota(12-29-20) W 101 - 124
- @Portland(08-08-20) W 122 - 117
- Memphis(03-31-19) W 96 - 113
- Suns @ Clippers 103-113
- Clippers @ Suns 112-107
- Suns @ Clippers 117-115
- Suns @ Clippers 107-134
- Clippers @ Suns 121-111
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|Portland Trail Blazers||31||23||.574||16-12||15-11||114.7||114.9||L2||5-0-5|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||20||35||.364||9-20||11-15||105.3||114.3||L8||1-0-9|
|Los Angeles Clippers||39||18||.684||22-8||17-10||115.0||108.2||L2||8-0-2|
|Los Angeles Lakers||34||21||.618||16-11||18-10||109.8||105.6||L1||6-0-4|
|Golden State Warriors||27||28||.491||17-10||10-18||112.9||113.7||L1||5-0-5|
|San Antonio Spurs||26||27||.491||12-17||14-10||110.7||112.0||L1||3-0-7|
|New Orleans Pelicans||25||30||.455||16-14||9-16||114.5||114.9||L1||5-0-5|
Los Angeles Clippers
- FootQues Fri | questionable
Leonard has missed the last two games due to right foot soreness, and it is unclear if he will take the court against the 76ers on Friday.
- HandLate May | out
Beverley is sidelined with a fractured left hand, and he is projected to miss four to six weeks.
- RestOut Wed | out
Morris Sr. will not be in the lineup versus the Pistons on Wednesday, as he will be given a day of rest.
- RestOut Wed | out
George will not be in the lineup Wednesday versus the Pistons, as he will receive a day of rest.
- RestOut Sun | out
Leonard will not take the court against the Pistons on Sunday as he will be given a day of rest.
- AnkleQues Sun | questionable
Kabengele is dealing with a sprained right ankle, leaving his status against the Pelicans on Sunday clouded.
- EyeQues Fri | questionable
Jackson suffered an eye injury during the previous contest, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for Friday's game versus the Rockets.
- RestOut Fri | out
George will not be in the lineup for Friday's contest against the Rockets, as he will be given a day of rest.
- KneeOut indefinitely | out
Nader is sidelined due to right knee soreness, and there is no timetable for his return.
L.A. Clippers Trends
- TrendOver is 7-3 in Clippers last 10 games as a home underdog of 0.5-4.5.Hit %70.00% (10)O/U7|3Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 12-5 in Clippers last 17 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.Hit %70.60% (17)O/U5|12Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 9-4 in Clippers last 13 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.Hit %69.20% (13)O/U9|4Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 4-1 in Clippers last 5 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U4|1Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 4-0 in Suns last 4 games as a favorite.Hit %100.00% (4)O/U4|0Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 4-1 in Suns last 5 games as a road underdog of 11.0 or greater.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U1|4Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 6-1 in Suns last 7 games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5.Hit %85.70% (7)O/U4|1Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 5-2 in Suns last 7 games as a road favorite of 5.0-10.5.Hit %71.40% (7)O/U2|5Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.Hit %71.40% (7)O/U2|5Push0W/L
- TrendSuns are 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings.Hit %23.10% (13)O/UPush0W/L3|10
- TrendSuns are 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Los Angeles.Hit %11.10% (9)O/UPush0W/L1|8