Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 12/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 12/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers (12-18) at Houston Rockets (25-5)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -11.5 -- Over/Under: 218 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets meet Friday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The Los Angeles Clippers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 103.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Lou Williams is averaging 19.8 points and 4.8 assists while Austin Rivers is averaging 14.7 points and 2.1 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 15 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have lost five of their last six road games. 

The Houston Rockets look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since October 28-30. The Houston Rockets are averaging 115.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 104.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31.9 points and nine assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 19.2 points and 2.1 assists. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.3 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won 10 of their last 12 home games.

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The Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Rockets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Pacific, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston, 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

We know the Los Angeles Clippers have had their struggles this season and have played awful ball as well, but that doesn't mean they should be double-digit underdogs just because. The Houston Rockets just lost outright as 15 point favorites to the Los Angeles Lakers and enter this game with Chris Paul and Capela out. That's two key players gone and the Rockets are still mnster favorites? Not buying it. Not to mention this is obvious a revenge game, as I'm sure the Clippers still feel a way about CP3 leaving, and while he won't be playing, they still want to stick it to his new team. Won't win, but this is a lot of points.

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Clippers +11.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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