The Houston Rockets will be on the road Thursday taking the court against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Rockets will be looking for back-to-back wins following a 109-107 win at home against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. The Clippers will also be looking for a second straight win after beating the Phoenix Suns at home 120-99 their last time on the court.
Houston will take the floor in this one sitting at 18-9 on the season following a 109-107 win at home against the Spurs. Russell Westbrook was able to connect on 11 of 25 from the field to lead the Rockets with 31 points in the game. James Harden passed the ball for a team-high seven assists while Clint Capela hauled in 15 rebounds. Houston had four different players finish the game with a double-digit scoring night.
The Rockets have been good for an average of 119.7 points per game on the offensive end of the court while hitting 44.9 percent from the field. They have been able to pass the ball for an average of 21.7 assists per night while grabbing 48.0 rebounds. Defensively, they allow an average of 114.3 points per game to their opponents. Houston has been taking the ball away for 8.5 steals every time they are on the court to go along with 5.1 blocks. They will be looking for a second win in a row.
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles is now 21-8 on the year following a 120-99 win at home against the Phoenix Suns. Paul George was able to knock down 8 of 17 from the field to lead the Clippers with 24 points. Lou Williams was able to pass the ball for a team-high eight assists while Rodney McGruder hauled in 11 rebounds. Los Angeles had five different players finish the game with at least 12 points.
The Clippers have been able to put the ball in the net for an average of 115.1 points per game this season while shooting 45.8 from the field. L.A. has passed the ball for an average of 23.0 assists per night with 48.6 rebounds. On the defensive end of the floor, Los Angeles gives up 107.8 points per night. The Clippers average 7.8 steals per game to go along with 5.2 blocks. They will be looking for back-to-back wins.
Los Angeles will tip this one off as five-point favorites with the total sitting at 233 on the game. I love the Clippers covering this spread at home. I’ll be honest, I’m not a James Harden fan. At all. That being said, his style of play is amazing simply because no one can stop him. He is definitely one of the best players of his generation. Not only is the L.A. roster deep with great shooters, but it’s also deep with great defenders. I think we get a glimpse of just how good this Clippers team is on Thursday. All of my money’s on the Clippers minus five points.
Houston is 1-5 ATS in their previous six games.
Houston is 0-5 ATS in their previous five games vs. the Western Conference.
Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their previous six games.
Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their previous seven games vs. the Western Conference.