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2021 NBA Handicapping
(42-19) LA Clippers vs. Houston Rockets (15-44)
Date: Friday, April 23rd
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Clippers -650 | Rockets +550
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -10.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 221.5
On Friday, April 23rd the Clippers (42-19) will travel to Texas to take on the owners of the worst record in basketball, the Houston Rockets (15-44). LA is winners of 3 straight while Houston has been blown out in 2 straight after securing a rare win over Orlando.
This is the second meeting between these teams and they will play twice more before the seasons over. They met earlier this month on April 9th in LA as the Clippers coasted to a 126-109 win thanks to a 41-10 advantage in the second quarter. Kawhi Leonard scored a game high 31 points and Paul George followed him with 26 of his own.
Staying healthy is a seasonal plague with no control but the Clippers are experiencing the same bad fortune this season as last.
All-Star Kawhi Leonard is expected to be miss a week as he will be reevaluated for a foot injury that has kept him sidelined since last Sunday’s game. Along with Leonard, Rajon Rondo is questionable while Serge Ibaka and Patrick Beverley continue to miss extended time. Luckily for LA Paul George is expected to return to the lineup Friday.
George is playing like a superstar again by averaging 30-plus points in six of his last seven games. He’s looking like the version of the player Leonard left the championship-winning Toronto Raptors for nearly two years ago.
LA won at home Wednesday over the Grizzlies 117-105. With a depleted roster on deck Luke Kennard stepped up for the Clippers to score a game high 28 points and grab 7 rebounds.
The Clippers are sitting comfortably in the 3rd spot in the Western Conference.
With back-to-back losses the Rockets have finally captured the worst record in basketball and sit in last place in the Western Conference. Since a promising start of 11-10 Houston has lost an astounding 34 of their last 38 games.
Houston was blown out once again on Wednesday, this time to the league best Utah Jazz 112-89. John Wall scored a team high 21 points and Christian Wood added 16 himself but outside of those two their continues to be no real production. The Rockets have been stripped to a borderline G-league team and offer no real competition anymore.
The Rockets enter this contest 24th in the league with 108.1 points per game on the season and 27th in scoring defense as they give up an average of 115 points per game on the year. Christian Wood leads the team with 21 points plus 9.4 rebounds per game this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Clippers are 15-3 SU in last 18 games
- Clippers are 5-7 ATS in last 12 games
- Houston is 2-12 SU in last 14 games
- Houston is 3-11 ATS in last 14 games
- Houston OVERS are 10-5 in last 15 games
Free LA Clippers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
Home hasn’t made a difference for a Rockets team averaging 98 points per game in their last three outings. The Clippers have the defense to make it another painful night of basketball for Houston fans eagerly anticipating the end of the season. There has simply been too much turnover for the Rockets to compete this year.
This Clippers team is putting the pieces together at the right time. The addition of George will ensure Friday’s game against the Rockets turns ugly. I’m laying the big points and rolling with Los Angeles.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers -10.5
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