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Preview: Suns welcome Clippers for final regular season home game

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The Phoenix Suns (46-32, 6th in Western Conference) welcome the Los Angeles Clippers (50-28, 4th in Western Conference) to Footprint Center tonight for their final regular season home game.

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Right after this game, the Suns will travel to Los Angeles and take on the Clippers again on Wednesday.

With only four games left, every game is now important for Phoenix coming off a 113-105 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans Sunday. The Suns and Pelicans are now tied for the sixth seed in the Western Conference with Phoenix having the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Kings are also one game behind Phoenix with their remaining matchup on Friday determining the tiebreaker. The Lakers are 1.5 games back of the Suns and Pelicans and own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Phoenix. The Warriors are three games behind Phoenix, while the Suns own the tiebreaker over them.

The Suns and Clippers two teams have not played since Jan. 8, a 138-111 beatdown by the Clippers in Los Angeles. This is still Phoenix’s worst loss by margin of defeat this season.

Jusuf Nurkić was added to the injury report as questionable with a right ankle sprain yesterday. For the Clippers, Kawhi Leonard will miss his fifth straight game with right knee inflammation.

Los Angeles has gone 3-1 in this stretch without Leonard, including a 120-118 comeback victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday that was highlighted by a Paul George game-winner.

Local Game Information

Start Time: 7:00 p.m. MST

Location: Footprint Center

TV Channel: AZ Family/3TV

Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, La Mejor 106.5 FM

Stream: Suns Live (click for more info)

Betting Odds

Line: PHX -8.5

O/U: 226.5

Injury Report

Phoenix Suns: Jusuf Nurkić (right ankle sprain) QUESTIONABLE | Damion Lee (right meniscus surgery) OUT

Los Angeles Clippers: Kawhi Leonard (right knee inflammation) OUT | Daniel Theis (left thumb sprain) QUESTIONABLE | Joshua Primo (left ankle sprain) OUT

Starters (Projected)

Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkić/Drew Eubanks

Los Angeles Clippers: James Harden, Terance Mann, Paul George, P.J. Tucker, Ivica Zubac

Five Keys to Game for Suns

  1. Limiting turnovers
  2. Defensive focus
  3. Ball movement
  4. Focus
  5. Rebounding


Suns 120 – Clippers 112

The Suns simply can not let another game slip away like they did against New Orleans. However, this game against Los Angeles is a lot different, as the Suns enter tonight as the desperate team needing every win they can get, while the Clippers can afford a loss and are coming off a good stretch of games. The Suns certainly did not play the worst against New Orleans, they just lost because of the grit the Pelicans played with and some good looks just not falling late in the game.

With the Clippers having had the Suns’ number the first two games this season, this will not be an easy game by any measure even without Kawhi Leonard. The Suns need to continue the good habits they have shown over the past few contests, especially from the three games before New Orleans and apply them over to tonight. They cannot afford any steps back.

Last Meeting (Jan. 9, 2024)

Suns’ struggles carryover: Clippers dominate with 138-111 final score

Team Matchup Notes

Everything to know about the Suns and Clippers before their third meeting this season (via Suns):

Each team’s stats (via Suns):

Watch: Suns Shootaround from this Morning

Watch: Phoenix Suns shootaround footage April 9, 2024

Preview: Injury Report

Suns starter added to injury report against Clippers, Kawhi Leonard out

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau


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