Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers - 1/15/23 NBA Picks and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (22-22) vs Houston Rockets (10-32)
Game Info: Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 3:00 pm (Crypto.com Arena)
Betting Odds: Los Angeles Clippers -9.5 -- Over/Under: 228.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers duke it out at the Crypto.com Arena on Sunday afternoon in NBA action.
The Houston Rockets have been in a real slump as they’ve lost 14 of their last 15 games overall and they will be hoping to avoid a 10th straight loss after getting thrashed by the Kings in a 139-114 road loss on Friday. Jabari Smith Jr and Jalen Green led the team with 27 points apiece while Alperen Sengun scored 14 points with seven assists and four steals, but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Rockets shot 47 percent from the field and 12 of 37 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the Kings in the first half, but that all changed in the second half where the Kings exploded for 70 points to blow them away in the end.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have been in terrible shape as they’ve lost seven of their last eight games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting routed by the shorthanded Nuggets in a 115-103 loss on Friday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Norman Powell added 18 points while Marcus Morris and John Wall each scored 16 points. As a team, the Clippers shot 47 percent from the field and 10 of 29 from the 3-point line as they got off to a decent start and took the lead into halftime, but they couldn’t maintain that pace and scored just 45 points in the second half to allow the Nuggets to pull away. Ivica Zubac had a rough night as he scored just six points on two of seven shooting while Nicolas Batum’s shooting struggles continued as he scored just three points on one of five shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games, 1-7 ATS in their last eight games following a loss of more than 10 points and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall. The Clippers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points, 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall and the over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Los Angeles.
The Rockets are going to be shorthanded again as Kevin Porter Jr. is listed as doubtful, while the Clippers could be severely shorthanded as Marcus Morris, John Wall, Luke Kennard and Paul George are all out, while Moussa Diabate is listed as questionable due to an illness. You couldn’t back either team with much confidence these days, but the Rockets are only 0-5 ATS in their last five road games while the Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record. The Clippers are missing a bunch of players but I still think they have enough to get the win given how hot Leonard has been lately.
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