Veteran guard Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns battle it out with the
Clippers in Los Angeles on Sunday. Who will walk away winners?
The LA Clippers have lost three of their last five, but did
grab a win their last time on the court on Saturday.
We've gotten accustomed to Blake Griffin taking all the
plaudits but all of it is completely deserved. He was fantastic again in the
latest win over Cleveland, recording 30 points, eight rebounds and eight
assists in close to 38 minutes of play.
Making his return after missing six games, Eric Gordon was
also very effective for Vinny Del Negro's squad, scoring 29 points on 9-of-20
Steve Nash's Phoenix Suns however will look to steal the
show this weekend on the road.
The Suns finally ended their rough patch with a long-awaited
108-97 victory at home over the Golden State Warriors.
Nash had 17 points, 10 assists and six rebounds while Grant
Hill and Channing Frye both scored 17 points as well. Marcin Gortat put up 18
points, nine boards and four assists off the bench.
A closer look at the trends for Sunday clash
Phoenix is 4-5-1 ATS in its last 10 matchups overall but has
gone 3-0-1 ATS in its previous four road games leading up to this weekend.
Then we've got the Clippers, who are 11-4 ATS in their last
15 home contests despite a 1-4 ATS mark in their previous five games overall.
The Suns are now two and a half games behind the Memphis
Grizzlies for the Western Conference's eighth and final postseason spot.
Phoenix has won four times in its last five visits to Staple
Center to play the Clippers, though L.A. did win in the most previous meeting
behind a combined 52 points from Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon.
Those two will the faces of this franchise for years to
come, an exciting prospect for Clippers fans who have endured through enough
hard times for a lifetime.
Still, Steve Nash keeps defying critics by continuing to
play at an extremely high level and I like him to win the matchup this weekend
over a hobbled Mo Williams (ankle) out at the point.
The Suns are a respectable 17-14-2 ATS on the road (as
opposed to 13-20-1 ATS at home) – their depth should help them overcome a
Clippers team that relies too much on the production of its two young stars.
The NBA odds makers are expecting a close game, and the most sportsbooks have the Clippers favored by 1.5. Griffin will have a big game, as always, but I believe Alvin
Gentry's troops will spread the ball around and play well enough to secure
their second win in a row.
FREE Pick: Phoenix gets it done, leading to an ATS
cover in L.A.