LA Clippers vs Houston Rockets NBA Odds Analysis
The top seeds in the Western Conference may be all but decided by now, but there are still some exciting battles going on for the final playoff spots. There is now a little bit of a logjam going on down there, and it’s going to be a tense final few weeks for all of the teams involved and their respective NBA betting fans who are looking to cash in. The Houston Rockets, who saw their season get off to a disastrous start, are starting to come to life a little, but need to maintain their current form if they are to hang on their current #7 seed. They have a tough game ahead of them on Wednesday night with the LA Clippers coming to town, but if truth be told, this is a team that could well be there for the taking without Blake Griffin in the line-up. The Rockets will be looking to create some separation between themselves and the chasing pack, and a win here might help make that happen.
How To Bet The LA Clippers Vs Houston NBA Odds, TV & Game Info
Why bet on the LA Clippers
The Clippers (42-23) are about to embark on a 5-game road trip that is about as tough as it gets. They will get the ball rolling on Tuesday night in San Antonio, a place where no visitor wins, before heading into Houston for the Wednesday night tilt. With a 20-11 record so far, the Clippers have done just fine on the road, and you would expect them to be able to get past a Rockets team that has not been anywhere near their best this season. LA has lost the last two times they have made the Texas trip, so this is not exactly what you might call a slam dunk. They are also just 6-4 in their last 10 games, and perhaps starting to show that life without Blake Griffin is not as fine as it was when he first went down injured. The Clippers are averaging 104.6 PPG, and are giving up 100.6 PPG.
Why bet on the Houston Rockets
You never know what you are going to get out of the Houston Rockets (34-33), as this has been a team that has had some huge ups and downs this season. They appear to be on a bit of an upward trend at the moment, though, and have gone 6-4 in their last 10. That’s not a great win percentage by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s better than what the teams below them have been doing, and it has helped Houston move up to the 7th seed in the west. The Rockets have already beaten the Clippers twice this season, and were unlucky not to make it 3 in a row the last time out when they went down 140-132 in OT. Houston are averaging 106.1 PPG, and are giving up 106.6 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I don’t expect to see the sort of offensive fireworks that went off the last time these two teams met, but I do expect another very close game. I think it will be the Clippers who edge it, albeit ever so slightly.
LA Clippers 105 Houston Rockets 104