14 Jan

2024 NBA picks, Jan. 8 predictions from proven model

The Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns look to bounce back from losses on Sunday as they match up on Monday night in Los Angeles. The Clippers (22-13) fell to the Lakers, 106-103, while the Suns (19-17) lost at home to the Grizzlies, 121-115. These two teams met in Phoenix last Wednesday, a 131-122 Los Angeles victory. The Clippers are 18-17 against the spread, while the Suns are 13-22-1 ATS in 2023-24.

Tipoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET at Crypto.com Arena. Los Angeles is favored by 6.5 points in the latest Suns vs. Clippers odds, per SportsLine consensus, and the over/under is 229.5 points. Before entering any Clippers vs. Suns picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 12 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 112-62 roll on all top-rated NBA picks dating back to last season, returning well over $4,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

The model has set its sights on Suns vs. Clippers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Clippers vs. Suns:

Clippers vs. Suns spread: Clippers -6.5
Clippers vs. Suns over/under: 229.5 points
Clippers vs. Suns money line: Clippers -242, Suns +197
Clippers vs. Suns picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Suns can cover
Less than a week after a nine point home loss to the Clippers, the Suns play a back-to-back in Los Angeles after falling to Memphis on Sunday night. Despite the team’s new ‘Big 3’ playing together, the combination of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal failed to beat the Grizzlies, who were without star guard Ja Morant. The Suns were outscored 35-18 in the fourth quarter and will need to turn around the momentum quickly heading into Monday night’s contest.

Booker led the team on Sunday night with 24 points and eight assists while center Jusuf Nurkic grabbed 19 rebounds to go along with his 18 points in the losing effort. Durant produced a 23-10-5 line and Beal added 12-6-5 against Memphis. Phoenix reserves contributed only 22 of the team’s 115 points on Sunday night and will have to play a far bigger role if the Suns are to knock off Los Angeles on Monday night. See which team to pick here.

Why the Clippers can cover
Los Angeles had won five straight games before falling on Sunday night to the Lakers. It leads the Pacific Division by one game over Sacramento and looks to add another game on the Suns who are 3.5 back. The Clippers’ ‘Big 3’ of their own, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and James Harden combined for only 57 points in the team’s defeat on Sunday night. Center Ivica Zubac was the star against his old team, scoring 22 points with 19 rebounds in the loss.

Against the Suns last week, George scored 33 points and Leonard 30 in Los Angeles’ nine point road win. The Clippers won the rebounding and turnover battle each by four contributing to their success. Another key element is home court advantage for the Clippers, who are 14-4 when playing as the hosts as Crypto.com Arena. See which team to pick here.

How to make Suns vs. Clippers picks
The model has simulated Suns vs. Clippers 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in almost 60% of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

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