Clippers at Rockets - 5/17/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (63-32) at Houston Rockets (63-30)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 3:33 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets +1.5 -- Over/Under: 220 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets play a game seven in their playoff series Sunday.
The Los Angeles Clippers blew a monster lead in game six to avoid their first Western Conference Finals appearance. Blake Griffin is averaging 25.4 points and 12.8 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 21.7 points and 8.6 assists. J.J. Redick is dishing 1.6 assists and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 33.5 percent from deep in these playoffs. Jamal Crawford needs a big game for the Clippers to advance, as he’s just 10-33 from the field in his last three games. It’ll be interesting to see how this Clippers’ team bounces back after falling apart in game six. The Clippers have won 10 of their last 13 games on the road.
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The Houston Rockets are a win away from the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1997. James Harden is averaging 26.3 points and eight assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 17.3 points and 13.7 rebounds. Josh Smith is grabbing 6.3 rebounds and Corey Brewer is dishing one assist. The Houston Rockets are shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Rockets bench must continue to show up, as Brewer played the game of his life Thursday night. The Rockets have to be oozing with confidence after their monster game six comeback. The Rockets have won nine of their last 11 games on their home court.
The Clippers are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The Rockets are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games. The Clippers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Houston and 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings overall.
There's no way the Clippers win this game, as they're not bouncing back from what happened in game six. The Clippers were seconds away from their first WCF appearance, at home, and they blew it. No way they get on a plane and beat a good Houston team in a game seven. The home team wins a large percent of the time in game sevens, and this won't be different. Put the house on the Rockets moneyline.