NBA Betting Analysis: With Big-Time Collapse… Are Clippers Now Toast?
While the reeling Los Angeles Clippers have a multitude of questions they need to answer before they visit the Houston Rockets for their huge Game 7 showdown on Sunday, the fact of the matter is that there’s really only one question that NBA betting enthusiasts need to concern themselves with.
And that question is…are the Clippers now toast following their historic collapse in Game 6?
Hmmm…let’s find out.
Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets NBA Betting Analysis
Date: Sunday, May 17
NBA Odds: Clippers -1.5 (Over/Under: 220)
Every person in the Staples Center and those watching on television at home just knew that this series was over when the Clippers got up on the Rockets by 19 points midway through the third quarter.
Unfortunately, everyone was wrong as the Houston Rockets stormed back from their deficit to record a stunning 119-107 win in one of the most memorable comebacks in league history.
Now, the Clippers are on the proverbial ropes
“We just have a never-give-up attitude,” veteran forward Josh Smith said. “All year long we fought through a lot of adversity and it’s just a testament of what we did throughout the season. God has been grateful to this team and we just feel like we’re a blessed unit and we can do something special.”
Making Houston’s comeback even more incredible is the fact that they did it with MVP-caliber shooting guard James Harden on the bench for the entire for virtually all of the fourth quarter.
McHale chose to go with a group consisting of championship-winning veterans Corey Brewer, Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry, along with former all-star center Dwight Howard and the versatile Smith.
“That group that was out there in the fourth quarter just had great composure,” McHale said. “They had a great sense about [believing] they were going to accomplish something.”
Personally, I believe McHale’s decision to leave Harden on the bench was one of the gutsiest I have ever seen by any coach – ever.
“I’m just very proud of my guys for that amazing fourth quarter,” said Harden, who made a brief 10-second appearance in the fourth quarter with just 61 seconds remaining.
“They did a tremendous job on both sides of the floor. Defensively, holding the Clippers to just 15 points in the fourth quarter was huge, especially since we were down 13 to start the quarter. Our guys kept battling and they did a great job.”
The Rockets ended the last 14 and half minutes of the game on a mind-boggling 49-18 run while Chris Paul and company missed on 15 of their final 16 shots.
“All that I was worried about was our play,” Ariza said. “We didn’t get caught up with how the Clippers were playing. We just had to worry about ourselves.”
Houston got 19 points from Corey Brewer, including a whopping 15 in the fourth quarter, 15. Smith added 14 fourth quarter points including a trio of huge three-pointers.
Terry and Ariza both scored five fourth quarter points while Dwight Howard scored 20 points and pulled down 21 rebounds to become just the third player in the last 40 years to post a 20-20 night with his team facing elimination on the road.
Maybe it’s me mybookie.ag NBA betting enthusiasts, but I’m thinking the Clippers are now in real and very serious trouble against a Rockets team that will enter Game 7 with a major boost in their confidence level.
How the Clippers are favored heading into this matchup is beyond me, but again, I believe they’re in trouble with a capital ‘T’.