Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 3/15/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (37-29) at Houston Rockets (53-14)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -11.5 -- Over/Under: 227.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBATV, FSW2
The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets meet Thursday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.
The Los Angeles Clippers look for a statement win here after winning seven of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 109.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Lou Williams is averaging 23.1 points and 5.4 assists while Tobias Harris is averaging 19.8 points and 6.9 rebounds. Austin Rivers is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 15.3 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won five of their last six road games.
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The Houston Rockets look to keep the ball rolling after winning 19 of their last 20 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 113.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 104.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31 points and 8.7 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 18.8 points and 8.1 assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 10.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets haven’t lost a home game since January 4.
The Clippers are 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Pacific and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The underdog is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Clippers have won two of the three meetings this season against the Rockets and need to win as many games as they can if they hope to make the playoffs. It's no secret the Houston Rockets are the better team overall, and they flat out run teams into the ground at home with an offense averaging over 116 points. However, the Clippers have been covering machies pretty much all season long on the road and the Rockets are just 7-13 ATS this season as double-digit favorites. The Rockets are always capable of blowing the doors off, but there's value with the points here.