Preview: L.A. Clippers At Phoenix

When: 10:00 PM  ET, Thursday, March 30, 2017
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
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LAC Edge in: PHO
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The Los Angeles Clippers have been an up-and-down team since the All-Star break and are hoping to ride the momentum of an impressive victory when they visit the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. Los Angeles registered a high-octane 133-124 win over the visiting Washington Wizards on Wednesday to remain 1 1/2 games behind the fourth-place Utah Jazz and one game ahead of the sixth-place Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference playoff race.

The Clippers are just 10-10 since the All-Star break but played solidly against the Wizards with shooting guard J.J. Redick leading the way with a season-best 31 points and matching his high of seven 3-point baskets. "Our thing is playing better, honing in what we need to do," Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers told reporters afterward. "That's what I need to do from this point forward." The Suns are sinking fast with nine straight losses as they begin a stretch in which five of their next six games are at home. Star shooting guard Devin Booker (ankle) might be on the sidelines for the second straight game.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), FSN Arizona (Phoenix)

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (45-31): Four starters scored over 20 points in the same game for the first time in franchise history as point guard Chris Paul (27), power forward Blake Griffin (26) and center DeAndre Jordan (23) joined Redick with big outings as the foursome combined for 107 points. Griffin nearly missed a triple-double by adding 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jordan collected 18 rebounds for his 36th double-double of the campaign and Paul had 13 assists but had trouble defensively with Washington All-Star John Wall (41 points). "We came out, we competed, it's a good win for us," Paul told reporters. "It's about consistency. We've got to do it again and again."

ABOUT THE SUNS (22-53): Booker became a household name when he scored 70 points against the Boston Celtics on Friday and he apparently tweaked an ankle during that contest or the ensuing game against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. He sat out Tuesday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks and some critics are opining that coach Earl Watson erred by keeping Booker on the floor in the final minutes against Boston to help him get to 70. "I don't care about being accepted," Watson told reporters. "I care about one thing, and that's developing our players."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Clippers won nine of the past 11 meetings, including three this season.

2. Los Angeles PG Austin Rivers (left hamstring) departed Wednesday's game in the second quarter and will sit out against the Suns.

3. Phoenix rookie PF Marquese Chriss is 8-of-32 shooting over the past three games.

PREDICTION: Clippers 122, Suns 98

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Clippers 45-31 W1 25-12 20-19 7-4 38-27 7-6 25-21
Phoenix 22-53 L9 12-22 9-30 2-7 20-46 3-10 9-36

Last Meeting

L.A. Clippers Phoenix
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/1/17 LAC 124 PHO 114 124 45 52.4 114 45 40.6

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC B. Griffin 29 71.4 9
PHO E. Bledsoe 41 59.1 13
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 12 2 10
PHO P. Tucker 14 4 10
Assists Player  
LAC J. Crawford 5
PHO E. Bledsoe 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC B. Griffin 1247 48.8 302
PHO D. Booker 1654 42.5 348
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 1056 281 775
PHO T. Chandler 558 160 398
Assists Player  
LAC C. Paul 543
PHO E. Bledsoe 447

Quickchart Matchup

L.A. Clippers  Off vs  Phoenix Def
108.2 Points For
112.8 Points Against
47.2 FG%
46.7 FG%
43.1 Reb
44.0 Reb
Phoenix Off vs  L.A. Clippers Def
106.9 Points For
104.7 Points Against
44.8 FG%
45.2 FG%
44.0 Reb
43.3 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

L.A. Clippers Overall Phoenix
45-31 W/L 22-53
37-39-0 ATS 36-38-1
41-34-1 O/U 44-31-0
108.2 Pts For 106.9
104.7 Pts Against 112.8
L.A. Clippers A/H Phoenix
20-19 W/L 12-22
18-21-0 ATS 17-17-0
25-14-0 O/U 21-13-0
107.5 Pts For 108.6
108.3 Pts Against 111.6