Tonight’s showdown match-up between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers could be potentially what we see for a round of the playoffs in the Western Conference. We get another west coast heater for the late-night hammer here on Monday, and it is a great match up on both sides! Let's chat about it. 

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Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers

  • Total: 233
  • Spread: LAC -5.5

Phoenix Suns Injuries

Los Angeles Clippers Injuries


NBA DFS Showdown CPT/MVP Top Plays:

Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

Leonard is suiting up to play tonight and I think there is nothing more he wants than to beat the Suns on his home floor. Kawhi is listed as the third highest priced play on the slate, but I think he has just as much upside as Booker and Durant for this game. Leonard has recorded at least 37+ fantasy points in nine of his last 10 contests, with eight of those reaching 45 or better.

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

Booker should be able to exploit the true weakness of the Clippers defense, the backcourt. Booker continues to put up really nice games, but the Sun's fantasy points have been a bit more concentrated between Booker, Durant, and Nurkic lately, not to mention Beal is back in the fold. However, Booker will continue to run the show, and has topped 40 fantasy points in five of his last six.

Kevin Durant, Phoenix Suns

This isn't the greatest match up for Durant, but we know he really is match up proof. The only true question is how healthy is he? He is probable to play, but he was supposed to be a pitch count last night, but still somehow played 36 minutes against the Grizzlies at home. The encouraging aspect of that is that he did play that many minutes and is still going to play on the back-to-back, and he recorded 46 fantasy points to boot. As long as he is a full-go, he is in play for CPT/MVP.

Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers

Feel like PG is getting into a groove lately, going for 52, 39, and 44 fantasy points over his last three contests. Continues to see big minutes and we know he has 50-fantasy point upside on any given night. Would lean more to playing him at UTIL however.


NBA DFS Showdown UTIL Top Plays:

James Harden, Los Angeles Clippers

Seems as of late that Harden is taking more of a back-seat to Leonard and PG and playing more facilitator in getting them the ball. The last two contests only saw 31 and 33 fantasy points from Harden, but he had topped 40 in the prior three games before that. One of those games as a 48 fantasy point game against this same Suns team in Phoenix. He is a top UTIL play tonight.

Bradley Beal, Phoenix Suns

Not a huge fan of Beal, but he is playing 34+ minutes a night since returning, but this will be his first true road game in a long time for this season alone. We did see a little upside flash two games ago vs Miami where he accrued 49 fantasy points, but that was also with Durant off the floor. Prior to that great shooting night vs Heat, he had only been recording 30-35 fantasy points, so that is likely his median average and what we should look to expect.

Jusuf Nurkic, Phoenix Suns

Neither one of the starting centers for either of these teams faired well in their meeting in Phoenix two games ago, but Nurkic is fresh off a nice game where he put up nearly 53 fantasy points against the Grizzlies with 18 points, 19 rebounds, five assists, and a blocked shot. We know he has the upside, but Zubac did an excellent job holding Anthony Davis to a modest game last night as well.


NBA DFS Showdown Value Plays:

  • Ivica Zubac - Has played well, 31 and 50 fantasy points in his last two games.
  • Grayson Allen - Starter minutes and should see 20-25 fantasy points most nights.
  • Norman Powell - Going to be one of first off the bench, very high impact player and should see 25+ minutes.
  • Eric Gordon - Probable to play tonight, unsure how many minutes, but should be one of first bench players out for backcourt. Should still see 20-22 minutes, but is heavily shot dependent.
  • Terance Mann - Starting guard and plays 17-23 minutes a game. Low floor, but super cheap and if he gives you 15+ fantasy points, could be nice play for salary relief.