Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 12/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (16-11) at Houston Rockets (13-14)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -1 -- Over/Under: 213.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers travel to the Toyota Center to battle the Houston Rockets tonight.
The Clippers have won nine of their last 12 games but will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Spurs by 115-107 last night. Chris Paul led the offense with 27 points and 10 assists, Blake Griffin added 25 points while DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 16 points and 17 rebounds as the Clippers battled the Spurs for three quarters before getting blown out by 30-19 in the fourth quarter. As a team, the Clippers shot a healthy 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from the 3-point line, but their bench remains a work in progress as they combined for just 20 points. With the loss, Los Angeles falls to 16-11 on the season and 6-6 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Rockets have split their last six games but will be feeling relieved after snapping a two-game losing streak with an easy 107-87 win over the Lakers on Thursday. James Harden led the way with 25 points, Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones added 16 points each while Trevor Ariza had 13 as the Rockets beat the Lakers despite shooting just 38 percent from the field. Ty Lawson continued his horrific season with a scoreless game despite playing 19 minutes (against the Lakers) and will be suspended for two games as a result of 2014 DUI charges so he will miss tonight's game.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Rockets are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a win of more than 10 points and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Head to head, the Clippers are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings and the over is 7-1 in the last eight meetings.
These teams last met on Nov. 7 and it was the Rockets who won by 109-105 behind 46 points from Harden, but the Rockets have really been playing well below their best, leaving me little choice but to go with the Clippers who will play this game on zero days rest.