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NBA Game 2: Clippers vs Rockets

NBA Basketball betting sees the Los Angeles Clippers taking on the Houston Rockets on Wednesday May 6 at the Toyota Center in Houston Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NBA playoffs long.

The Clippers struck first but this series is far from over. Houston definitely needs to respond in game two.

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Los Angeles Clippers (1-0) vs. Houston Rockets (0-1)
Wednesday May 6
Toyota Center – Houston, TX
NBA Betting Line: Houston -6
NBA Betting Total:  213
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The Clippers just came up with the most surprising game of the playoffs so far. After beating the Spurs in seven games they were supposed to be a little winded and losing Chris Paul wouldn’t help but they whipped the Rockets in game one of the series.

They beat Houston 117-101, which is just astounding given the circumstances…and that was with being down by 6 points at the end of the first quarter. Keeping up that kind of performance is going to be a big challenge.

Austin Rivers came up big in this one chipping in 17 points while replacing Chris Paul in the starting lineup.

There is no definitive word on whether Paul will play in game two and even though the Clippers won game one their lack of depth was exposed. Jamal Crawford had a good game off the bench but nobody else contributed.

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If any of their starters falter they are going to be in trouble.


Things couldn’t have gone much worse for Houston in game one. Not only did they have it handed to them but any advantage they might have had in terms of being more rested and healthy didn’t emerge.

It was a very sloppy game with both teams committing more than 20 turnovers and the Rockets have no excuse for not being more ready for L.A. Houston has to play a lot smarter.

For some reason Josh Smith and Corey Brewer each took 12 shots even though they were having off nights.

In this series I think it is going to be tough for Houston to win games when James Garden is not the best player on the court. Now’s his chance to show everyone that he should have been the MVP.

He may have to be more shot hungry. It is the second round of the playoffs, not the time to be democratic.

It’s now or never for this group as Dwight Howard isn’t getting any younger.

NBA Betting Trends

  • Over is 4-0 in Clippers last 4 games following a S.U. win.
  • Clippers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
  • Over is 4-1 in Clippers last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Rockets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.
  • Over is 5-0 in Rockets last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.
  • Over is 5-1 in Rockets last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Clippers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston.
  • Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
  • Clippers are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

NBA Betting Prediction:  Houston -6

I am banking on Houston playing a lot better and the Clippers showing a little fatigue.

NBA Score Prediction:  Houston 104 – Los Angeles 95

Back to back winners without Paul is too much to expect.

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