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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets
NBA: Wednesday, November 13, Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, 7:30 PM ET
The Los Angeles Clippers bounced back from a home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks with a couple of wins over the Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors. Doc Rivers' team ended their five-game home stint with four wins and improved to a 7-3 record. The Clippers climbed to the 3rd position in the Western Conference.
The Houston Rockets played six of the last seven games on the road. After a pair of losses to the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat, Mike D'Antoni's side recorded four consecutive victories, including the most recent one over the New Orleans Pelicans. The Rockets improved to a 7-3 record and are in the 5th place in the West.
These rivals met three times in 2018-19, and the Clippers won two of those three encounters, but Houston was better in the latest H2H duel.
The Clippers allowed just ten points in the final quarter in a win over the RaptorsLos Angeles displayed the best defensive performance of the season in a 98-88 win over the Toronto Raptors. The Clippers allowed only ten points in the final 12 minutes and scored 25 in return to secure a win. It was the first time Kawhi Leonard faced his former team, and even though he didn't shoot well from the field (2/11), the Klaw nearly recorded a triple-double. He ended the game with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and game-high nine assists, along with game-high three steals. Lou Williams led the Clippers with 21 points in 36 minutes off the bench. Montrezl Harrell posted a double-double of 14 points and 11 boards, along with game-high three blocks, while JaMychal Green also had a double-double of ten points and game-high 12 rebounds. Landry Shamet will undergo an MRI on his sprained left ankle on Tuesday and is questionable to face Houston. Paul George will miss this game but will make his debut for the Clippers against New Orleans on Thursday.
"As soon as I walked across half-court they tried to get the ball out of my hands," Leonard said. "They did a great job on me defending and sending an extra body. It got me better and it's going to get my teammates better."
This season, the Clippers have the 13th offense in the NBA that averages 111.9 points per game, and they are facing the Rockets' 26th defense that allows 118.4 points per contest. The Clippers are 4th in rebounds with 48.3 and 25th in assists with 21.6 per game.
Harden dominated the fourth quarter in a win over the PelicansHouston recorded the fourth straight victory thanks to James Harden, who scored 19 of his 39 points in the final 12 minutes and led the Rockets to a 122-116 road win over the New Orleans Pelicans. The Beard added team-high nine dishes with two thefts, while Russell Westbrook contributed with 26 points, five boards, and game-high four steals. Eric Gordon chipped in with 17 points off the bench, while Clint Capela posted a double-double of 11 points and season-high 20 rebounds. Danuel House (bruised back) is doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.
Beard and Brodie combine for 65pts to get the 4th straight win! pic.twitter.com/qgEWjspKZH— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) November 12, 2019
"I wasn't really getting to the rim," Harden said. "The first three quarters I was settling and kind of just being passive. So, I just wanted to be more aggressive, whether it was shooting my shot or getting to the basket."
The Rockets have the best offense in the NBA that averages 120.3 points per game, and they are facing the Clippers' 11th defense that allows 106.9 points per contest. The Rockets are 10th in rebounds with 46.7 and 20th in assists with 23.2 per game.
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com and Oddsshark.com Los Angeles:
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on one day of rest
- 0-2 in the last two games played on the road
- 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. the Pacific Division opponents
- 15-2 in their last 17 games at home
- 5-0 in their last five games vs. the western Conference opponents
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Paul George will miss this game but will make his season debut on Thursday against the Pelicans. If he was available for the clash with Houston, I would likely back the visitors to get a win here. In this case, I am going with the Rockets to edge the Clippers because Los Angeles lost the previous two games on the road, while Houston won the last three games at home. Still, it’s going to be a close encounter. I am giving a slight advantage to the Rockets because they are playing well against the Pacific Division rivals lately. James Harden and Russell Westbrook can offer more in the offense than Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams, and even though the Clippers are a better defensive team, the D will not help them here.
Prediction: Houston Rockets -1 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
Talking about the Clippers’ defense, they allowed 110+ points in each of their three road games so far in the season. On the other hand, the Rockets scored at least 116 in the last three home games. Without Paul George, who is one of the best defenders in the NBA, I doubt the Clippers will win the game with a great D. The previous H2H duel at Toyota Center produced 246 points, and I am expecting more than 230 points here because Houston’s defense allowed 112+ points in each of four home games this season.
Prediction: Over 231 (-110)