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(12-18) L.A. Clippers vs. Houston Rockets (25-5)
Date: Friday December 22
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston,Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -11.5
NBA Betting Total: 219
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Friday December 22 finds Western Conference rivals the L.A. Clippers travelling to play the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. The Clippers won their last game against the Suns. Houston continue to sit atop the Western Conference, their 14-game win streak came to an end with the loss to the Lakers.
Last season, the squads played three times with the Rockets winning two of three contests. This is the first meeting between the squads this season. The Rockets hold the all-time record having bested the Clippers 118 of their 192 matches.
With Chris Paul’s injury versus the Lakers (abductor) the anticipated showdown between the squads will have to be put on ice. To that end, it would have been a tepid match at best since Blake Griffin is also out injured.
Since Blake Griffin’s injury the Clippers have produced a 4-7 record with a 4-3 record in their last seven games. The Clippers benefited in both wins versus the Wizards and Raptors who were dealing with road weariness. Something the Clippers understand all too well as they are now on a stretch that will see them play seven of nine on the road. LA lost 3 of the first 4 of these and will complete the next three in Houston, Memphis and in an odd twist return home to play the Lakers although technically the match takes place on their home court.
The Clippers continue to experience the injury jinx. Joining Griffin on the sidelines is Patrick Beverley (knee – out for season), Danilo Gallinari (partial tear in his glute) and Wesley Johnson (foot) who has missed the past two games and won’t dress tonight.
The Rockets lost more than the game in LA with Chris Paul sustaining an abductor injury which forced him from the match. Yet, the player who may be the truer loss for the Rockets is Clint Capela who is suffering from a bruised heel. The Swiss center patrols the paint protecting the rim and cleaning the glass. Without Capela the Rockets look disjointed and their offense seems almost silly with Nene and other bigs choosing to forego wide open layins in order to throw the ball back out to the perimeter.
Neither Paul nor Capela will play versus the Clippers. In addition, Luc Mbah A Moute is out (separated shoulder) as is Troy Williams (knee).
The Rockets continue to boast the best record in the NBA despite the loss to the Lakers. Moreover, the Rockets rank in the top ten in each of the three main stat categories of offense (1st), defense (2th) and net (2nd). The Rockets have played just 13 road games in 30 games, but in the next 23 games 14 will be played on the road.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 10-4 in Clippers last 14 vs. Western Conference.
- In last 14 meetings the teams are 10-4 head to head.
- Clippers are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Free L.A. Clippers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction: Rockets win but take the Clippers ATS
The Rockets have lost back to back games once this season, but that scenario occurred at the end of October. Since then the Rockets have lost just two games, a blow out to the Raptors and Wednesday night’s loss to the Lakers. Despite the likelihood the Rockets will be short handed it’s unlikely they’ll lose in back-to-back scenarios. Still, the Clippers could make a game of it, so take the points.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers +11.5
This game might garner a bit more excitement if Griffin and Paul were both playing. Still the Rockets won’t want to enter the Christmas game on a losing streak, however without Capela. Moreover the Clipper hold opponents to 36.2 percent from the perimeter just below the Rockets 37.0 percent average.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Rockets 115 – Clippers 105
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