Clippers at Rockets - 5/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (60-29) at Houston Rockets (60-27)
NBA Basketball: Monday, May 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets play game one of their playoff series Monday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers are coming off a series victory over the Spurs that went the full seven games. Blake Griffin is averaging 24.1 points and 13.1 rebounds and J.J. Redick is averaging 13.7 points and 1.3 assists. DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.3 rebounds and Jamal Crawford is dishing 1.7 assists. The Los Angeles Clippers shot 46.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from deep in their last series. The Clippers must get more production from their bench if they’re going to win this series, which means stepped up play from Austin Rivers and Matt Barnes. The Clippers have won 10 of their last 11 games on the road. Chris Paul is questionable with a hamstring injury.
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The Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks in five games and haven’t played in six days. James Harden is averaging 28.4 points and 7.8 assists while Josh Smith is averaging 17.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. Dwight Howard is grabbing 13.8 rebounds and Trevor Ariza is dishing three assists. The Houston Rockets shot 46.6 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from deep in their first series. The Rockets are getting great play from their bench, as Smith, Corey Brewer and Terrence Jones have been three of Houston’s five leading scorers. The Rockets have won seven of their last eight games on their home court.
The Clippers are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Rockets are 21-7 ATS in their last 28 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Clippers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Houston and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Rockets have had nearly a week of rest while the Clippers are coming off a long, brutal and emotional series. I'd be shocked if the Rockets lost or failed to cover this one.