Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets - 3/29/14
Los Angeles Clippers (51-22) at Houston Rockets (49-22)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -2 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets will meet Saturday night for the fourth and final time during the regular season. The Clippers lead the series 3-0.
The Clippers have won 14 of their last 16 games and are putting pressure on the Oklahoma City Thunder for the second seed in the West. On the season, the Clippers average 107.4 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allow 100.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. The Clippers are 13-1 SU in their last 14 games when scoring 100-plus points and have held four of their last seven opponents under 100 points. Point guard Chris Paul has taken on more of a scoring role lately, scoring 28 or more points in three of his last five games. The Los Angeles Clippers are 40-32-1 ATS overall and 22-14-1 ATS on the road.
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The Rockets have won five straight and 10 of their last 13 games. On the season, the Rockets average 107 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allow 101.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Much like the Clippers, the Rockets are automatic when scoring 100-plus points, as Houston is 27-1 SU in its last 28 games when hitting triple digit points. The Rockets are shooting 52 percent from the field in their last five games and a lot of that is because of James Harden, who is knocking down 54.1 percent from three during that stretch. The Houston Rockets are 37-32-2 ATS overall and 20-14-2 ATS at home.
The Clippers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
In such a close game that really could go either way, I'll take the Rockets and the small chalk. Houston has been money lately ATS on its home court and I think that continues as the Rockets are fighting for even better playoff position.