Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets - 11/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (3-3) at Los Angeles Clippers (4-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 7, 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 the Los Angeles Clippers do battle tonight at the Staples Center.
The Rockets started the season with three straight losses of 20 points, but they've since bounced back with three straight wins after defeating the Kings by 116-110 on Friday. All five starters finished in double figures in scoring, but James Harden led the way with a season-high 43 points on 13 of 23 shooting to go along with 13 assists. Trevor Ariza chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds, Marcus Thornton added 16 points while Clint Capela started in place of the injured Dwight Howard and had 13 points with 12 rebounds and four blocks. With the win, Houston are back at .500 with a record of 3-3 on the season and 1-1 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Clippers were on a four-game win streak before losing to the undefeated Warriors by 112-108 on Wednesday. Chris Paul led the way with 24 points and nine assists while Blake Griffin addded 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, but it still wasn't enough to get past the Warriors who were riding Stephen Curry and his seven 3-pointers. The Clippers hate the Warriors so they're definitely disappointed with the loss, but the real concern is with Paul's health as he seemed to injure his groin late in the fourth quarter and actually didn't finish the game. The good news is that the Clippers haven't played since Wednesday which has allowed CP3 plenty of time to rest and recover for tonight.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against a team above .600 and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Clippers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on two days rest and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games.
Head to head, the Rockets are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Los Angeles but the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.
The Clippers have looked like one of the best teams to start the season, but this just feels like too many points to be giving to a Rockets team that are starting to heat up, so I'm actually taking the road team in what should be a shootout.