Rockets at Clippers - 5/14/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (62-30) at Los Angeles Clippers (63-31)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -8 -- Over/Under: 218.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers play game six of their playoff series on Thursday night.
The Houston Rockets look to extend this series to a game seven. James Harden is averaging 26.6 points and 8.5 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 17 points and 13 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is dishing 2.8 assists and Josh Smith is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Rockets finally played with a sense of urgency in their game five win, which included a triple-double from Harden. The Rockets need that same effort if this series will go the distance. The Rockets have won nine of their last 11 games when topping 100 points. The Rockets have split their last 10 games on the road.
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The Los Angeles Clippers could go to their first Western Conference Finals with a win. Blake Griffin is averaging 25.2 points and 13.3 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 20.8 points and 8.4 assists. J.J. Redick is dishing 1.6 assists and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Clippers need more energy and need their bench to step up if they’re going to close this series out. Jamal Crawford is 6-20 from the field in his last two games. The Clippers have won 10 of their last 13 games on their home court. Austin Rivers and Matt Barnes both left game five banged up.
The Rockets are 45-20-3 ATS in their last 68 Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
I picked the Rockets to win this series, as they're the better and deeper team on paper. I wasn't expecting them to play with no heart and get beatdown. However, if the Rockets play with the same sense of urgency they did in game five, this series will be going the distance. I like the points here.