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Rockets at Clippers - 5/10/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (61-29) at Los Angeles Clippers (62-30)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 8:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 217 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers play game four of their playoff series Sunday night.

The Houston Rockets need this win if they’re going to tie the series up going back home. James Harden is averaging 27.4 points and 8.6 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 17.9 points and 13.6 rebounds. Josh Smith is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Terrence Jones is dishing 1.3 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Rockets better start playing with a sense of urgency, as they’ve been outplayed in three straight games and make costly mistakes consistently. This is pretty much a must-win for Houston. The Rockets have split their last eight games on the road.

Rockets at Clippers - 5/10/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Clippers can all but put the series away with a victory here. Blake Griffin is averaging 25.1 points and 13.5 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 21.4 points and 7.8 assists. J.J. Redick is grabbing 1.9 rebounds and Jamal Crawford is dishing 2.4 assists. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Clippers are clicking on all cylinders right now, especially on offense thanks to 35 points in Austin Rivers’ last two games. The Clippers are tough to beat when their bench chips in. The Clippers have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 24-8 ATS in their last 32 games following a ATS loss. The Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall. 

This is agut check game for the Rockets, and if they have any pride they'll show up. The Clippers flat out beat them down in game three and Rivers stole Harden's pot celebration. If Houston doesn't play its best game of the playoffs, something is wrong with this team. I'm taking the points. 

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Houston Rockets +7.5

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