LA Clippers vs Phoenix Suns – 4/14/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The NBA regular season is winding down and TNT will televise a doubleheader from the pro basketball hardwood. We will focus on Game 2 on Tuesday April 14th with best fantasy player picks from the game involving the LA Clippers on the road to the Phoenix Suns at 10:30PM Eastern Time.
This will be the final regular season game for both teams. The LA Clippers are trying to gain home court advantage in the first and second round of the playoffs as they sit tied with San Antonio and Houston for that precious number two seed. The Clippers are on a back to back in this spot after hosting the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. As they took the court to face Denver the Clips have won five straight and nine of their past ten games. The Clippers are the number two scoring and shooting team in the NBA by averaging 106 points and 47.3% shooting per game.
The Phoenix Suns have been eliminated from playoff considerate as they play the Clippers with a record of 39-42. The team did not recover emotionally from the trade of both productive guards in Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas. The Suns have lost four straight and nine of their past ten games as they reach 100 points in just two of their past ten games. Phoenix is 26th in the NBA in scoring defense by allowing 103 points per game. Their lack of size makes the Suns vulnerable to teams with size in the paint that has players who can score around the bucket. As expected following the trade the Suns have been inconsistent for NBA fantasy draft managers.
Phoenix Suns Point Guard: Eric Bledsoe has played in 80 of the 81 Suns games. He played 41 minutes on Sunday at San Antonio as the Suns point guard produced 20 points and ten assists. He will be rested having last played Sunday and will have a day off between each of his past three games. Bledsoe without the added depth of Dragic and Thomas in the backcourt has seen his production well below seasonal averages in back to back spots.
Phoenix Suns Shooting Guard: With the injury to Brandon Knight it is Gerald Green seeing increased minutes. He poured in 23 minutes and grabbed four rebounds in 26 minutes of play at San Antonio on Sunday. In three games against the LA Clippers this season Green has averaged nearly 16 points and dished 2 ½ assists per game.
Phoenix Suns Power Forward: Markieff Morris has played in all 81 games for the Suns this season He has averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds per game over his past three games. Markieff Morris has been well below seasonal averages in both scoring and rebuilding against the size of the Clippers in the paint.
Phoenix Suns Small Forward: P.J. Tucker has gotten minutes but hasn’t underperformed. Tucker over his past five games has averaged 32 minutes but is hitting only 32% from the field and averaging just eight points a game because of his inaccuracy.
Phoenix Suns Center: Alex Len has a broken nose and is listed as out for the rest of the year.
LA Clippers Point Guard: Chris Paul saw 37 minutes in their win against Denver on Monday night. He was productive with 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. This is a big game seed wise for the Clippers as the have a shot of earning a two seed in the west with a win in this game. Over his past five games Paul is shooting 50% from the field and 46% from the three point line while averaging 11 ½ assists.
LA Clippers Shooting Guard: J.J. Redick continued his productive ways in their win on Monday. Redick had 20 points as the hit on 3 of 5 from three. Redick has averaged 20 points per game over his past five games but grabs very little rebounds and dishes very few assists.
LA Clippers Power Forward: Blake Griffin logged in 40 minutes as the Clippers had trouble separating from the Denver Nuggets until the final minutes of their game on Monday. Griffin had 22 points with nine rebounds and eight assists in the win. The Suns lack size around the bucket so Griffin could produce better than season averages in this spot.
LA Clippers Small Forward: Matt Barnes is in the starting lineup on account of his defensive skills. But with given the chance he will produce offensively. After back to back single digit scoring games Barnes had 11 points on Monday in the win.
LA Clippers Center: DeAndre Jordan had a monster rebounding game on Monday as he pulled down 21 boards. Against an undersized Suns team Jordan could have a big game on Tuesday.
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PG: Chris Paul (Clippers)
SG: J.J. Redick (Clippers)
PF: Blake Griffin (Clippers)
SF: P.J. Tucker (Suns)
C: DeAndre Jordan (Clippers)