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Clippers vs. Suns odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, April 8 predictions from model on 93-59 roll

The streaking Phoenix Suns take aim at a season-high eighth consecutive victory when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday in a matchup of the top teams in the Pacific Division. It’s the second of a grueling back-to-back for Phoenix (36-14), which outlasted NBA-leading Utah in overtime on Wednesday night. The Suns own a three-game lead atop the division over Los Angeles (34-18), which won the first meeting between the teams in Phoenix on Jan. 3.

Tip-off is at 10 p.m. ET at Staples Center. William Hill Sportsbook lists Los Angeles as a six-point favorite while the over-under for total points scored is 221 in the Suns vs. Clippers odds. Before finalizing any Suns vs. Clippers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it has returned almost $8,900 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past two-plus seasons. The model is up almost $900 on its top-rated picks this season, and dating back to last year, it entered Week 16 of the 2020-21 NBA schedule on a stunning 93-59 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Clippers vs. Suns. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Suns vs. Clippers:

  • Suns vs. Clippers spread: Clippers -6
  • Suns vs. Clippers over-under: 221 points
  • Suns vs. Clippers money line: Suns +205; Clippers -245
  • PHX: The Suns are a league-best 17-6 on the road
  • LAC: The Clippers are 7-2 vs. division foes

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Why the Suns can cover

Despite missing all six attempts from beyond the arc, leading scorer Devin Booker scored a team-high 35 points vs. the Jazz and is averaging a staggering 37.0 points over his last four games. He had plenty of help on the offensive end as Chris Paul scored 29 points and came up one assist shy of notching his fourth consecutive double-double. Paul is averaging 21.0 and 11.5 assists while shooting 61.9 percent over the last four games.

Center Deandre Ayton has four double-doubles in his last six contests, going for 18 points and 12 boards Wednesday to help Phoenix manhandle the NBA’s best rebounding team by a 61-45 margin. One of the Suns’ strengths is their ability to defend the arc, ranking third in the league by limiting opponents to 34.4 percent 3-point shooting and 11.4 treys per game. The Suns limited Utah to 11-of-44 shooting from distance in Wednesday’s showdown.

Why the Clippers can cover

Leading scorer Kawhi Leonard (25.8 points per game) went more than five weeks without a double-double but he registered his third in a row with 29 points and 12 rebounds in the rout of the Trail Blazers. He had his second-worst offensive outing at Phoenix in January with 15 points on 4-of-21 shooting, but he has scored at least 23 points in seven of the last eight games. Leonard has shot at least 50 percent from the floor six times in that span.

Forward Paul George has been dealing with a foot/toe injury that caused him to sit out the last two games in March but he had plenty of spring in his step in Tuesday’s win. The team’s No. 2 scorer at 22.5 points per game, he poured in 36 points while knocking down 6 of 9 3-pointers. His only performance that topped that this season was when George scored a season-high 39 points and buried 7 of 10 3-point attempts in the January victory at Phoenix. 

How to make Suns vs. Clippers picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 226 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can get that pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Suns vs. Clippers? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is on a 93-59 roll on NBA picks.



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