The LA CLIPPERS and the PHOENIX will both be gunning for a victory on 12/10/2018 at 9:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
LA CLIPPERS vs PHOENIX SUNS
When: 9:00 PM ET, Monday, December 10, 2018
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
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TV: 9:05 PM
PREDICTION: PHOENIX , LA CLIPPERS
Oddsmakers currently have the PHOENIX listed as 11 point favorites versus the LA CLIPPERS, while the game’s total is sitting at 220.
The Phoenix Suns dropped their last eight games and own the worst record in the NBA while trying to build a young team. The Los Angeles Clippers, who visit the Suns on Monday, are battling through a tough stretch of their own after dropping the last two contests.
Phoenix’s last six losses came by double figures and the team is fighting through injuries to its top two scorers – Devin Booker (hamstring) and T.J. Warren (ankle). “Not good,” Suns first-year coach Igor Kokoskov told reporters. “It’s hard. If you feel good about losing games, then you’re in the wrong place, wrong spot, but it doesn’t really matter from the point of view that we focus on our job. It has to be done. There’s really no time to rest. Just regroup. Focus forward and encourage guys.” The Clippers went into an offensive slump in the last two games, failing to score 100 points in either contest, and are coming off a 121-98 home loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday. Los Angeles was blitzed 30-8 in the fourth quarter of that contest and coach Doc Rivers was ejected after getting hit with a pair of technical fouls.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, FS Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), FS Arizona (Phoenix)
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (16-9): Los Angeles was sitting atop the Western Conference before dropping three of its last four games and is struggling to get consistent scoring from forwards Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari. Harris, who leads the team at an average of 21 points, was held to eight on 2-of-13 shooting in a 96-86 loss at Memphis on Wednesday while Gallinari, who averages 18.8 points, combined to shoot 8-of-25 from the floor in the last two contests. Sixth man Lou Williams is slumping as well and went a combined 8-of-24 from the floor in the last two games.
ABOUT THE SUNS (4-22): Phoenix scored nine points in the first quarter of losses to Sacramento and Portland on Tuesday and Thursday and at least managed to get off to a good start before falling off in Friday’s 115-98 setback to the Heat. “The effort was definitely there tonight,” Suns swingman Josh Jackson told reporters after the latest setback. “What I was more excited about was that it was there from the beginning and didn’t take us taking a punch and realizing, ‘Oh we’re in a fight now and we’ve got to play.'” Rookie small forward Mikal Bridges scored 12 points on Friday, one night after a sideline exchange with Kokoskov went viral.
1. Suns SG Troy Daniels is averaging 15.3 points over the last three games, boosting his season mark to 7.7.
2. Clippers PF Mike Scott is 1-of-9 from 3-point range over the last two games.
3. Los Angeles took the last nine meetings, including a 115-99 victory at home on Nov. 28.
PREDICTION: Clippers 106, Suns 96