Clippers at Rockets - 12/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (16-10) at Houston Rockets (13-14)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -1 -- Over/Under: 212.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets square off Saturday at the Toyota Center.
The Los Angeles Clippers look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 102.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 100.5 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 23.9 points and 8.8 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 16.6 points and 8.9 assists. J.J. Redick is dishing 1.7 assists while DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.2 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Clippers are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.3 turnovers per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won five of their last seven road games.
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The Houston Rockets need a strong home win to get back to a .500 record. The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 106.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.9 points and 6.7 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 12.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 2.4 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.3 turnovers per game. The Houston Rockets have won four straight home games. Ty Lawson is out with a suspension.
The Clippers are 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Rockets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Pacific. The Clippers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Again, I don't trust the Rockets at all, but they are at home where they've played decent ball and are catching the Clippers on the end of a back-to-back. If forced to pick this game, I'm siding with the home squad.