Rockets vs. Clippers Prediction
Will the Los Angeles Clippers have any trouble at home when they play host to the Houston Rockets tonight at 10:30PM ET?
537 Houston Rockets vs. 538 Los Angeles Clippers
Thursday, December 19, 2019
10:30PM ET – STAPLES Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, the Clippers are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -5 points against the Rockets. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 233 points.. The public betting currently has 59 percent going on the Clippers as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Rockets winning, not covering
The Houston Rockets are coming off a 109-107 win over the Spurs at home on Monday, but they are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six games. The Rockets are 1809 on the year, 8-5 on the road, 12-15 against the spread and 16-11 with the under.
Houston is one of the stronger offenses in the NBA, averaging 119.7 points per game while shooting 44.9 percent as a team. Defensively, the Rockets are giving up 114.3 points per game while opponents shoot 45.5 percent against them. James Harden is leading the team with 38.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game. Russell Westbrook is adding 22.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.2 assists per contest.
Clippers roll at home
Los Angeles is coming off a 120-99 win at home over Phoenix on Tuesday night. The Clippers have won and covered the spread in five of their last six games. Los Angeles is now 21-8 on the year, 14-1 at home, 17-12 against the spread and 17-12 with the under.
The Clippers are putting up 115.1 points per game on offense this season while shooting 45.8 percent as a team. Defensively, the Clippers are giving up just 107.8 points per game while opponents are held to 42.7 percent shooting against them. Kawhi Leonard is leading the team with 25.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Paul George is adding 24.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Rockets are 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games when playing on two days of rest, but 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win.
The Clippers have covered the spread in four straight home games and in six of their last seven games as a favorite.
These two have split the first two meetings this year, with the home team winning both. The Rockets have covered the spread in both and covered in the last three against the Clippers. After a sluggish start to the season, the Rockets have raised their game and seem to play up to their talent level in these bigger contests. Houston has given the Clippers problems this year and the Clippers have had problems with teams that can score in bunches. That includes a pair of losses to the Bucks. Houston knows the reputation it carries for being somewhat soft and mentally weak. This is a big game for the new-look Rockets to prove they can contend for a title this season. I think Westbrook and Harden will show some extra grit and carry Houston to at least a cover, if not an outright win, against the Clippers.
NBA Prediction: Houston Rockets +5