Clippers at Rockets - 5/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (63-30) at Houston Rockets (61-30)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets +2 -- Over/Under: 219 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets play game five of their playoff series Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers could end this series and get much needed rest with a victory. Blake Griffin is averaging 24.7 points and 13 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 20.7 points and 8.2 assists. J.J. Redick is dishing 1.5 assists and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.6 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Clippers are flat out clicking on both sides of the ball and have steamrolled the Rockets the last two games. Due to two blowouts, CP3 has played just 46 minutes the last two games. The Clippers have won 13 of their last 16 games when topping 100 points. The Clippers have won 10 of their last 12 road games.
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The Houston Rockets need this win if they’re going to extend the series. James Harden is averaging 26.7 points and 8.3 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 16.7 points and 12.8 rebounds. Josh Smith is grabbing 6.2 rebounds and Trevor Ariza is dishing 2.8 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 33.9 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Rockets continue to play not a lick of defense and aren’t playing offense consistently, either. The Rockets have allowed a combined 252 points in their last two games. At this point, you question if the Rockets have just given up on this series. Good new is the Rockets have won eight of their last 10 home games.
The Clippers are 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Conference Semifinals games. The Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games. The Clippers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Houston and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
The Rockets have been outplayed pretty much this entire series and have shown no signs of getting better defensively. This series will likely end Tuesday night.