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Clippers Suns Betting - Clippers And Suns Have Their Own Goals As They Meet

Posted by Craig Parsons on 4/18/2012 3:35:00 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are trying to climb their way up the seeding ladder in the Western Conference. The Phoenix Suns are simply attempting to have any kind of playoff future.

Los Angeles Clippers @ Phoenix Suns - Thursday, April 19 
Sports betting line: No line

Why Los Angeles Will Win

The professional basketball community would probably say that the online betting percentages work in favor of the Clippers here. Los Angeles is coming off an exhilarating win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, a game that should boost the Clippers' confidence and catapult them into the final week of regular-season competition. The talent on the Clippers' roster has meshed at an appreciably high level. This team muddled along in late February and early March, as head coach Vinny Del Negro struggled to get his players to buy into his system, but those worries were somewhat oversold from all appearances. The ability to win games certainly reduces heat on the head coach's shoulders and gets everyone in the lineup to paddle in the same direction.

The Clippers have played with more urgency, passion and commitment in recent weeks, and they displayed all of those qualities and more in their win over the Thunder on Monday. This is a team that is aware of what it can do. It will be a contender for the Western Conference title, and it is beginning to act like it. That's very encouraging news for a franchise that has had so little to cheer about over the longer march of time and the broader sweep of the history of professional basketball. Phoenix is not a particularly strong defensive team, allowing an average of 98 points per game. The Clippers can definitely attack the Suns and get to the rim on a regular basis in this contest, pulling away for a victory that would give them an even better chance of overtaking the Los Angeles Lakers for the third seed in the Western Conference.

Why Phoenix Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you will obviously be cognizant of the fact that the Suns are playing for their playoff lives. Phoenix has slipped into eighth place in the West for the moment, thanks to a four-game losing streak from the reeling Houston Rockets. Phoenix knows just how much of an opportunity it has been given in this situation, so the Suns will be playing with the enthusiasm of a group that has seen its playoff prospects increase dramatically in a very short time frame.

Steve Nash has been sensational at age 39, distributing the ball with signature virtuosity and getting all of his teammates involved in the offense. The Suns, playing at home, should have a raucous crowd in their corner. Momentum and confidence will work in their favor and give them every possible chance to fend off the Clippers.

Who Will Win

It’s a toss-up, in all candor, but in the tension between a team that's playing for seeding and the team that's playing for outright survival, the team playing for survival is generally the better pick if the talent levels are appreciably comparable (they are) and the team playing for survival is at home (it is). Give the ever-so-slight nod to Phoenix in this game.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Phoenix

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