May 14, 2015 at 1:09 PM #55803
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NBA: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers Predictions
NBA basketball betting sees the Houston Rockets taking on the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday May 14 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NBA playoffs long.
The Rockets staved off elimination at home but they still have a lot of work to do if they are going to advance.
Houston Rockets (2-3) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (3-2)
Thursday May 14
Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
NBA Betting Line: Los Angeles -8.5|
NBA Betting Total: 219.5
After back to back beatings the Rockets flipped the script winning big at home to remain alive in the series. Their chances of coming all the way back seem slim but at least they showed there is still some fight left in them. Game five looked a lot more like a game as Houston was not fouling every possession on defence. It certainly made for a better game to watch. As did a fantastic performance from James Harden, who had a triple-double. Sometimes it looks like he may have to do even more than he did in game five…if that is possible.
Harden certainly led the way but Dwight Howard was also present last game and it was a welcome sight. Houston has been struggling to find the right support for their ace and when he is a no show they have to get more from the likes of Josh Smith or Corey Brewer. What has been clear in this series is that one great player does not a championship team make.
There is no reason to panic for the Clippers. Sure you never want to lose by 20 points in the playoffs but they are still up in the series and are at home where they dominated in games three and four. The starting lineup for L.A. is still the group that is setting the pace in this series and I can easily see a couple of early J.J. Reddick threes turning this one into another blowout. As long as they don’t lose Chris Paul again this series looks as good as won to me.
The key for the Clippers in closing this out is to just do what they do. It will be interesting to see if the Rockets go back to Hack-a-Jordan but they don’t really need anyone to be exceptional to win. Just let Blake and CP3 do their thing and they can advance easily. The bench has been getting better too. Maybe Austin Rivers is more than just the coach’s son. Maybe.
NBA Betting Trends:
Over is 5-0 in Rockets last 5 Conference Semifinals games.
Over is 6-0 in Rockets last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Over is 4-0 in Rockets last 4 road games.
Over is 6-0 in Clippers last 6 overall.
Over is 6-0 in Clippers last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Over is 5-0 in Clippers last 5 Conference Semifinals games.
Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles.
Rockets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
NBA Betting Prediction: Houston +8.5
NBA Score Prediction: Los Angeles 105 – Houston 100
The Clippers advance but we still get a pretty good game tonight as the Rockets make them earn it. Take Houston plus the points.
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