Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Rockets vs Clippers Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Houston Rockets taking on the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday January 18 at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Houston Rockets 21-20 (8-10 V) vs. LA Clipper 26-13 (14-6 H)
Date: Monday January 18
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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The Rockets don’t have to move very far as they cap off their Staples Center trip with a date against the red hot Clippers on Monday night.
Houston will be on the same court Sunday evening, just with purple and yellow all around as they take on the Lakers in the first leg of their back-to-back.
These two teams met back on 12/19 and it was the Rockets who had the upper hand in Texas. The Clippers were held to just 39.5% shooting as Houston rolled 107-97.
The Rockets have been playing their best basketball and have finally found some consistency on the offensive side of the floor.
They did hit a bump in the road on Friday as the Cavaliers came in and shut them down, but they’ve still won 5 of 6 and will look for 7 or 8 in their LA trip. The Rockets have been a bad road team this season as they are just 8-10 SU and just 7-11 ATS in those 18 road games for backers.
Currently, the Rockets sit in the middle of the log jam at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. They hold the 7th best record, but hold just a 2.5 game lead on the 8th seeded Jazz and literally the rest of the Western Conference is on their heels.
It’s been the Rockets, who have dominated this head-to-head series. Houston has gone 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings, as they’ve simply had the Clippers number.
The Clippers saw their 10 game winning streak come to a streaking halt Saturday night as the Kings exposed the missing pieces of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
Sacramento used big 2nd and 4th quarters to propel themselves to a 7 point win as they dominated the inside game.
Los Angeles was forced to use Paul Pierce, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Wesley Johnson down low, which is a recipe for disaster when you’re going up against one of the best forwards in the NBA. DeMarcus Cousins recorded another double-double against them as they finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
The Clippers will certainly have the same problems here in this one if neither Griffin or Jordan can’t go. Rockets C Dwight Howard will have a field day inside, which poses many problems for LA going into this one.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Rockets are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
- Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles.
- Over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
- Home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
- Underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Free NBA Prediction:
This one will depend on the Clippers health.
Cousins exposed the Clippers down low on Saturday and even Omri Casspi got in on the fun. This Clippers team just doesn’t have much to compete with Dwight Howard inside as the likes of Mbah a Moute and Johnson are not answers.
Look for Howard to dominate the paint as the Rockets win the 2nd leg of their back-to-back.
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NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston 108- Los Angeles 103
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