Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets - 5/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (61-28) at Los Angeles Clippers (61-30)
NBA Basketball: Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 216.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers battle in Game 3 at the Staples Center.
The Rockets got absolutely ambushed in their Game 1 loss to the Clippers who were without Chris Paul, but they were able to level the series with a hard-fought 115-109 win in Game 2 thanks to big games from the usual suspects. James Harden led the way with 32 points and seven assists while Dwight Howard added 24 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks as the Rockets triumphed in a see-saw of a Game 2. In fact, the Rockets led by 11 points after the first quarter but found themselves down by as many as 13 points early in the third quarter before they rallied and dominated the rest of the second half for a much-needed win.
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As for the Clippers, Blake Griffin followed up his monster triple-double in Game 1 with another 34 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in Game 2. Jamal Crawford chipped in with 19 points and five assists off the bench but shot just six of 22 from the field while DeAndre Jordan contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds. JJ Redick could never get going in the game, finishing with just 12 points on three of 10 shooting but Matt Barnes was the most disappointing, scoring just six points after pouring in 20 points in Game 1 and he even received a technical foul for a post-play altercation with Harden in the first quarter. Chris Paul missed his second straight game for the Clippers and is listed as a game-time decision for Game 3, but he seems likely to play as he was seen going through a pool and on-court workout on Thursday.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last five Conference Semifinals games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the Western Conference, while the Clippers are 1-8 ATS in their last nine home games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the Rockets are 16-7 ATS in the last 23 meetings in Los Angeles but just 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Rockets did a great job in the second half of Game 2 to come out on top but I'm not going to overreact. The Clippers showed that they can win without their leader in Paul and with him most likely back in the lineup, I really like their chances.