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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 12/8/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




PHOENIX (7 - 13) at LA CLIPPERS (12 - 6)
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Saturday, 12/8/2012 3:35 PM
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502LA CLIPPERS-10.5-10.5
PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games7-13-6.46-1311-898.149.344.6%49.8102.650.847.0%52.7
Road Games2-9-7.14-67-496.048.844.1%48.9106.550.647.1%54.5
Last 5 Games0-5-5.81-32-393.046.843.3%46.8105.850.047.8%53.6
Division Games0-2-2.20-21-193.549.544.8%53.0100.555.042.9%57.5
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)98.149.338-8644.6%6-1834.5%15-2174.2%501221219145
vs opponents surrendering98.349.637-8244.8%7-2135.8%17-2375.0%511122208146
Team Stats (Road Games)96.048.837-8544.1%6-1834.7%15-2072.4%491122228145
Stats Against (All Games)102.650.839-8247.0%8-1842.1%17-2374.9%531122207155
vs opponents averaging97.448.736-8244.4%7-2036.7%17-2375.1%511221218145
Stats Against (Road Games)106.550.640-8447.1%8-1944.2%19-2476.4%551224197136

LA CLIPPERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games12-6-11.110-811-6101.550.548.0%48.194.947.643.5%50.2
Home Games8-3-127-47-3103.851.149.5%46.593.247.441.6%51.9
Last 5 Games4-1-6.52-34-0106.454.048.9%45.895.048.044.4%50.4
Division Games2-1-22-12-0110.354.347.9%46.796.746.045.6%52.0
LA CLIPPERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)101.550.538-8048.0%7-2035.3%18-2475.3%4810222211156
vs opponents surrendering96.848.236-8244.3%7-2034.8%17-2276.2%501221218145
Team Stats (Home Games)103.851.139-7949.5%8-2139.1%18-2377.6%479252311157
Stats Against (All Games)94.947.634-7843.5%7-2037.5%19-2674.7%501221217174
vs opponents averaging98.549.437-8245.2%7-2036.5%17-2375.4%511122208155
Stats Against (Home Games)93.247.434-8141.6%8-2135.9%19-2573.6%521322217184
Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 94.5,  LA CLIPPERS 96.6
PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/31/2012GOLDEN STATE85-87L-2L202U32-8040.0%551833-8638.4%5818
11/4/2012@ ORLANDO94-115L0L193.5O39-9142.9%551645-9248.9%5410
11/5/2012@ MIAMI99-124L13L203O35-8839.8%491147-8654.7%5415
11/7/2012@ CHARLOTTE117-110W-2.5W194O43-9346.2%611238-8743.7%5012
11/10/2012@ UTAH81-94L8.5L202.5U32-8736.8%421038-7848.7%6518
11/16/2012@ LA LAKERS102-114L9L201.5O45-9248.9%511542-8947.2%5711
11/23/2012NEW ORLEANS111-108W-5.5L195.5O44-9048.9%421040-7851.3%5218
11/25/2012@ PHILADELPHIA101-104L4W194.5O39-8347.0%501239-8148.1%438
11/27/2012@ CLEVELAND91-78W-3W200U37-7946.8%481530-8435.7%6118
11/28/2012@ DETROIT77-117L3L198U28-8234.1%501940-7652.6%5512
11/30/2012@ TORONTO97-101L3L199.5U37-7748.1%411439-8148.1%5013
12/2/2012@ NEW YORK99-106L11.5W200O39-8048.7%521740-9044.4%487
12/4/2012@ MEMPHIS98-108L10T196O38-8246.3%391640-8547.1%6319
12/8/2012@ LA CLIPPERS              
12/22/2012@ PORTLAND              
12/23/2012LA CLIPPERS              

LA CLIPPERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/2/2012@ LA LAKERS105-95W-1.5W191.5O38-8445.2%461134-6850.0%4820
11/3/2012GOLDEN STATE110-114L-8.5L197.5O30-7042.9%471641-8448.8%5913
11/7/2012SAN ANTONIO106-84W1.5W204.5U46-8355.4%481530-7341.1%4120
11/8/2012@ PORTLAND103-90W0W202U41-7753.2%561332-7542.7%4113
11/19/2012@ SAN ANTONIO92-87W4.5W200U40-8547.1%611729-8235.4%5013
11/21/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY111-117L3.5L198.5O40-9343.0%551436-7945.6%5519
11/23/2012@ BROOKLYN76-86L-3L194U29-7240.3%521834-7346.6%4415
11/24/2012@ ATLANTA93-104L-2L188O32-7542.7%411438-7550.7%4818
11/26/2012NEW ORLEANS98-105L-13L188.5O37-7946.8%411436-7150.7%4615
12/3/2012@ UTAH105-104W-2L197O42-8947.2%431042-7456.8%4717
12/11/2012@ CHICAGO              
12/12/2012@ CHARLOTTE              
12/15/2012@ MILWAUKEE              
12/17/2012@ DETROIT              
12/19/2012NEW ORLEANS              
12/23/2012@ PHOENIX              
PHOENIX: GUARDS: With Steve Nash gone, GORAN DRAGIC takes over at the point. He was a monster as a starter in Houston late last year, and he's familiar with Phoenix's system from his time there as Nash's backup . . . SHANNON BROWN is one of the league's better sixth men and could end up seeing close to starter minutes this year. Once just a raw athlete, he's made major strides as a shooter and ball-handler . . . KENDALL MARSHALL was a bit of a product of an absurdly talented supporting cast in college at UNC. He's got work to do to become an NBA-caliber starter, but he'll be capable enough as a backup point guard as a rookie . . . SEBASTIAN TELFAIR still can't hit an open jump shot, but will factor into the backcourt rotation. FORWARDS: LUIS SCOLA steps in as the starting four. While he's in his 30's and an underwhelming athlete, he's crafty and relentless . . . JARED DUDLEY will continue to be their main catch-and-shoot threat on the wing. It might take a while to develop an on-court chemistry with Dragic . . . MICHAEL BEASLEY has a chance to grab a starting spot. He rarely has his head on straight, but he can score . . . CHANNING FRYE, the sharp-shooting 7-footer, will likely miss the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart, but this condition is expected to completely heal . . . WESLEY JOHNSON gets a fresh start. He needs to start knocking down shots to land a rotation spot . . . MARKIEFF MORRIS showed flashes as a rookie, but has to make better decisions on the offensive end. He'll be a key on the second unit . . . Well-traveled P.J. TUCKER earned himself a roster spot with an impressive Summer League. CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT had a great year-and-a-half alongside Steve Nash, and he'll have to prove he can create in the low post a little more. But he's a skilled big man who should pair nicely with Luis Scola as a scorer and passer in the post . . . Injury-riddled JERMAINE O'NEAL is still a strong low-post defender and shot-blocker.
LA CLIPPERS: GUARDS: CHRIS PAUL was every bit an MVP-caliber player in his first year in L.A. They should monitor his minutes late in the regular season to keep him fresh for the playoffs. . . His Achilles is on schedule to be healed by December, and CHAUNCEY BILLUPS will start once he's healthy. He's likely to lose athleticism, and his leash could be short if he shoots as poorly as he did last year . . . JAMAL CRAWFORD steps in to lead the second unit. We'll see how quickly his inefficient, shoot-first ways grow stale . . . ERIC BLEDSOE was a stud in the playoffs. He can't play extended minutes alongside Paul, but coach Vinny Del Negro knows he has to get Bledsoe on the floor . . . WILLIE GREEN provides capable depth, but he's on the outside looking in at the rotation. FORWARDS: BLAKE GRIFFIN's knee injury likely isn't serious enough to linger into the season. He's starting to develop some post moves to go along with his dunks . . . CARON BUTLER played hurt for most of last year, but still did enough to nail down a starting job for this season . . . LAMAR ODOM moped his way back to L.A. Don't be surprised if he has a strong bounce-back year, especially considering he'll be the Clippers' best defensive big . . . GRANT HILL could see some starts, but more likely the 40-year-old is pegged for limited minutes . . . MATT BARNES will replace Hill once he injures himself again . . . RONNY TURIAF will provide some of the toughness they lost when Reggie Evans left . . . TREY THOMPKINS will continue to languish on the bench, especially after sitting out the preseason with a knee injury. CENTERS: He can block shots and rebound, but at this point DeANDRE JORDAN is just too much of a defensive liability in space to play 30-plus minutes. That's why the Clippers will often pair Lamar Odom with Blake Griffin in the frontcourt . . . RYAN HOLLINS can also defend the basket and has six fouls to give.
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*Suns-Clippers Preview* =======================


Phoenix (7-13) at Los Angeles (12-6), 3:30 p.m. EDT

Already one of the highest scoring teams in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Clippers have taken their offense to another level lately.

The Clippers seek their fifth straight win on Saturday when they host the Phoenix Suns, losers of five in a row.

Los Angeles (12-6) surpassed 100 points for the fourth straight game on Wednesday night, cruising to a 112-90 victory over visiting Dallas.

After averaging 94.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting during their recent four-game losing streak, the Clippers have totaled 108.5 while connecting on 49.4 from the field in their four-game run.

They've scored 29 points or more in eight of their last 11 quarters.

The Pacific Division leaders don't figure to be slowed by the struggling Suns (7-13), who rank last in the league in scoring defense (102.7).

Ball security has also been a strength lately for the Clippers, who had committed 10 turnovers or less in three straight games before finishing with 18 against the Mavericks.

Chris Paul had only three turnovers, leaving him third in the league with a 4.07 assist-to-turnover ratio.

The All-Star point guard, however, made a vow to keep attacking after he had 14 points for the third consecutive game and dished out 13 assists.

"A lot of the guys have been telling me that I need to be more aggressive, that I'm letting guys off the hook," Paul said.

Blake Griffin averaged 21.3 points and 10.0 rebounds against the Suns last season, but couldn't prevent Los Angeles from dropping three of four meetings. He had 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Clippers to a 103-86 victory on March 28 in the last meeting at Staples Center.

Los Angeles will have to move on again without veteran guard Chauncey Billups, who is expected to miss at least two weeks with a foot injury.

While Billups has averaged 16.3 points in his career versus Phoenix, the Clippers might not need him against the Suns this time around.

After losing the last four games of their road trip, Phoenix dropped a heartbreaker on Thursday night when O.J. Mayo hit the go-ahead jumper with 35 seconds left to give Dallas a 97-94 win.

Markieff Morris had 15 points and a career-best 17 rebounds for the Suns, who rallied from 15 down in the third quarter to tie it in the final minute on "money-back guarantee night."

"It's always the same story," said guard Goran Dragic, who had 15 points. "When you're down so many points and you're battling, your energy is going away because you're trying to get back in the game."

Aside from the breakout game by Morris, Phoenix has struggled to get consistent production from other sources.

Marcin Gortat, who's averaging 11.3 points per game, had three on 1 of 8 shooting on Thursday. Michael Beasley could be on his way out of the starting lineup after totaling 24 points on 10 of 35 shooting in his last three games.

P.J. Tucker was a candidate to take Beasley's starting spot, but he's now dealing with a sprained right MCL and may not be able to the Clippers.

The Suns have averaged 93.0 points during the five-game skid after scoring 102.5 over their previous 11 contests.

They might have a tough time getting back on track against the Clippers, who lead the NBA with 10.9 steals per game and have allowed 88.7 points in their last three home contests.

Phoenix hasn't lost six straight since March 3-12, 2009.

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