Rockets at Clippers - 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 -- Over/Under: 217 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers meet Friday night in game three of their playoff series.
The Houston Rockets look to regain home court advantage back with a victory. James Harden is averaging 27.7 points and 8.3 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 18.4 points and 13.6 rebounds. Josh Smith is grabbing 6.1 rebounds and Trevor Ariza is dishing three assists. The Houston Rockets finally played to their potential in the second half of game two, and they got to the line 64 times. Harden must continue to be aggressive and lead the Rockets if they’re going to get out of this series. The Rockets have won seven straight when Harden scores at least 25 points. The Rockets have won seven of their last 10 road games.
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The Los Angeles Clippers look to take control of this series with a victory. Blake Griffin is averaging 25.4 points and 13.4 rebounds while J.J. Redick is averaging 13.9 points and 1.4 assists. Jamal Crawford is dishing 2.3 assists and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 33.5 percent from deep in the playoffs. Griffin has put the Clips on his back in this series, as he’s shooting 52.4 percent from the field and grabbing 14.5 rebounds. The Clippers have split their last eight games when allowing 100 points. The Clippers have won eight of their last 11 home games. Chris Paul is questionable with a hamstring injury.
The Rockets are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games. The Clippers are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 Friday games. The Rockets are 16-7 ATS in the last 23 meetings in Los Angeles and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
As long as the Rockets play the way they did in the second half of game two, they should win this series. While consistency has been an issue, the points and the deeper team is where the value is at.