Houston Rockets (1-6) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (2-4)
October 31, 2022 10:30 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -9.5; Over/Under: +224.5
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The Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers duke it out at the crypto.com Arena on Monday night.
The Houston Rockets have yet to find their groove this season as they’ve lost six of their first seven games and they will be hoping to arrest a three-game slide after getting scorched by the Suns in a 124-109 road loss last night. Kevin Porter Jr. led the team with 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Alperen Sengun added 16 points with nine rebounds while Jalen Green chipped in with 15 points on five of 18 shooting. As a team, the Rockets shot just 43 percent from the field and 11 of 34 from the 3-point line as they poured in 30 points in the third quarter to cut a nine-point halftime deficit to just one point, only to get blown out in the fourth quarter by 34-23.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers will be hoping to put an end to a three-game skid after getting stopped by the Thunder in a 118-110 road loss on Thursday. Norman Powell led the way with 21 points on nine of 15 shooting, Reggie Jackson added 18 points on eight of 13 shooting while John Wall chipped in with 17 points and six assists off the bench. As a team, the Clippers shot 53 percent from the field and nine of 28 from the 3-point line as they poured in 36 points in the second quarter to overcome an early 18-point deficit, only to fall away in the second half where the Thunder exploded for 65 points. With Kawhi Leonard sitting out, the Clippers needed more from Paul George who scored just 10 points and they need to take care of the ball as the 19 turnovers really fueled the Thunder all night.
Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on zero days’ rest and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Clippers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on zero days’ rest, 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the over is 6-0 in the last six meetings in Los Angeles.
The Rockets picked up from where they left off last season by losing six of their first seven games, but they will take some confidence from last night’s game against the Suns as they were right in the contest until the fourth quarter. The Clippers will again be without Kawhi Leonard and Robert Covington while John Wall is listed as questionable. It’s hard to make much of an argument for the Rockets, but the Clippers are shorthanded and vulnerable at the moment, so I’m backing the Rockets to hang around long enough to get the cover in this spot.