Clippers vs Suns Prediction - NBA Picks 4/16/23

Phoenix Suns (45-37) vs Los Angeles Clippers (44-38)

Game Info: Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Footprint Center)

Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns -7 -- Over/Under: 226 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns meet Sunday in Game 1 of the NBA West First Round Playoffs at the Footprint Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 113.6 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 113.1 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 23.8 points and 6.5 rebounds, while Paul George is averaging 23.8 points and 6.1 rebounds. Norman Powell is the third double-digit scorer and Russell Westbrook is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game.

The Phoenix Suns are averaging 113.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 111.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 27.8 points and 5.5 assists, while Kevin Durant is averaging 26 points and 6.4 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game.

The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Suns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win. The over is 4-0 in Clippers last 4 overall. The over is 4-1 in Suns last 5 overall. The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Phoenix Suns are the better team now that they're pretty much at full strength, and the Clippers not having PG13 is a big blow. However, you can argue the Clippers are the deeper team and there's a chance Kawhi Leonard can be the best player in this series. The road team has won all 4 meetings between the Clippers and Suns, and LAC loses on the road by an average of just 1.1 points. I think this series can be closer than some think. I'll take a shot with the Clippers and the free buckets.

Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Clippers +7

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