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L.A. Clippers vs. Houston Rockets Prediction and Betting Pick

L.A. Clippers vs. Houston Rockets Prediction and Betting Pick. The 60-28 Houston Rockets host the 61-29 L.A. Clippers in Game 2 of a Western Conference semifinals series on 5/6/2015 at Toyota Center, Houston, TX; Tipoff is at 9:30 PM ET.

Wagering Odds

Point Spread: Rockets -7
Over/Under Total Line: 214

In Game 1 of this series in Houston the Clippers beat the Rockets 117-101 and they covered the spread as a 7.5-point favorite. In the previous game the Clippers won as well, but did not cover the spread. The total for Game 1 went Over and that was the winning bet for the previous game for L.A. as well. In their last 10 games the Clippers are 4-5-1 ATS and they have an O/U record of 6-4.

On the season the Clippers are 17-28 at home and 23-20-1 ATS on the road. In their last 3 road games, all in the playoffs, L.A. has covered the spread. At home this season the Clippers have an O/U record of 17-26-2 and on the road they have an O/U record of 24-20-1. In their last road game, which was Game 1 of this series, the total went Over while the previous 2 on the road the Under was the winning bet.

The Rockets lost and failed to cover in Game 1 of this series and they had covered the spread in their previous game and in 5 of their last 6. The total for Game 1 went Over and while the Under was the previous winning bet for Houston in 3 of their last 4 games the Over has been the pick. In their last 10 games the Rockets are 7-3 ATS and they have an O/U record of 7-3.

This season at home the Rockets are 29-16 ATS and on the road they are 23-20. The Rockets had covered their previous 6 games before failing to do so in Game 1 of this series. Houston has an O/U home record of 21-24 and an O/U road record of 23-20. In 5 of their last 7 games at home, including their last one, the Over has been the winning bet.

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Some other angles to consider:

The Clippers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against the Rockets.

The Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the Rockets in Houston.

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Under 4 times.

This season the Rockets are 33-12 at home and the Clippers are 29-16 on the road.

SU and ATS Records

L.A. Clippers: 61-29 SU / 41-48-1 ATS
Houston Rockets: 60-28 SU / 52-36 ATS

Key Betting Trends

• LA is 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 road games.
• LA is 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. win.
• LA has an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
• HOU is 21-8 ATS in their last 29 home games.
• HOU is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
• HOU has an Over record of 9-2 in their last 11 home games.

Sagarin Rankings
L.A. Clippers: 93.35
Houston Rockets: 80.90

Injury Report

CLIPPERS
[G] 05/05/2015 – Chris Paul is downgraded to doubtful Wednesday vs. Houston ( Hamstring )

ROCKETS
[G] 04/19/2015 – K.J. McDaniels out indefinitely ( Elbow )
[F] 04/08/2015 – Donatas Motiejunas out for season ( Back )
[G] 03/30/2015 – Patrick Beverley out for season ( Wrist )

Free NBA Pick

The Clippers won Game 1 by 16 points over the Rockets even without floor leader Chris Paul on the floor. L.A. head coach Doc Rivers stated that Paul is 50-50 to return in this game. However, already up 1-0 I would say he does not go again to risk further injury. Even without Paul the Clippers had 6 players score in double figures in Game 1 and they shot a solid FG% of 48.8%. Blake Griffin went for 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 13 assists in Game 1 and in the last 4 games he is averaging 26.5 ppg, 13.3 rpg, and 9 assists per game.

James Harden only went for 20 points on 6/13 shooting in Game 1 and he will have a bigger game tonight. The Rockets may get the win, but the Clippers are playing with a lot of confidence after winning 3 straight playoff games 2 of which were on the road and they will cover the spread.

Take the CLIPPERS +7

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