Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets - 12/19/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Houston Rockets (18-9) at Los Angeles Clippers (21-8)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 10:30 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -5 -- Over/Under: 231.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Los Angeles Clippers play host to the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center on Thursday night.
The Houston Rockets have been in strong form lately as they've won seven of their past 10 games and they will be looking to build some momentum after sneaking past the Spurs in a 109-107 home win on Monday. Russell Westbrook led hte team with 31 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, James Harden added 28 points with seven assists while Clint Capela chipped in with 15 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Rockets shot just 40 percent from the field and 11 of 43 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by as many as 25 points before rallying in the second half where they outscored the Spurs by 56-35 in a game of two halves.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have been on a nice run lately as they've won five of their last six games and they will be looking to stay hot after blowing past the Suns in a 120-99 home win on Tuesday. Paul George led the way with 24 points, Kawhi Leonard and Lou Willaims each scored 20 points while Montrezl Harrell chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Clippers shot 50 percent from the field and 14 of 32 from the 3-point line as they took a 10-point halftime lead before making their run in the third quarter where they outscored the Suns by 36-25 to make it a blowout.
Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 8-1 ATS in their last nine games playing on two day's rest and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall.
The Rockets will be full of confidence after pulling off their best comeback in about 20 years and the Clippers have been in great form with five wins in their last six outings. The Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games while the Rockets are 5-2 ATS int heir last seven games against a team with a winning record. This should be a close one, but I just don't think the Rockets will be able to climb their way out of a hole if they fall behind early against these Clippers.
Peter’s Pick Los Angeles -5
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