Clippers vs Rockets Prediction NBA Picks 3/6/24

Houston Rockets (26-34) vs Los Angeles Clippers (39-21)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 7:30 pm (Toyota Center)

Betting Odds: Houston Rockets +6.5 -- Over/Under: 225 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets collide at the Toyota Center on Wednesday night. Here’s a Clippers vs Rockets Prediction.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have been in decent form as they've split their last eight games and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting falling short the surging Bucks in a 113-106 road loss on Monday. Paul George and James Harden led the team with 29 points apiece while Kawhi Leonard chipped in with 15 points, five assists and four steals, but no other player scored more than seven points. As a team, the Clippers shot 44 percent from the field and 16 of 40 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates with 35 points in the first quarter to lead for most of the game, until the fourth quarter where they allowed 40 points in a disappointing finish. Kawhi Leonard had a quiet game as he shot just six of 19 from the field while Norman Powell scored just six points on two of eight shooting off the bench.

Houston Rockets

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets are starting to turn things around as they are now gunning for a third straight win after routing the Spurs in a 114-101 win last night. Alperen Sengun led the team with 45 points, 16 rebounds and five steals on an 19 of 32 shooting, Jalen Green added 23 points on 11 of 23 shooting while Fred VanVleet chipped in with 21 points, 10 assists and four steals. As a team, the Rockets shot 46 percent from the field and nine of 34 from the 3-point line as they struggled to contain the Spurs early on and actually trailed going into halftime, before they exploded for 68 points in the second half to make it look easy in the end. The Rockets will take on the Trail Blazers after this one.

Houston Rockets Player Facts

  • Fred VanVleet ranks 5th amongst qualified players for assist:turnover ratio (4.7) this season.
  • Alperen Sengun ranks 4th amongst qualified Centers for assists per game (4.8) this season.

Los Angeles Clippers Player Facts

  • Ivica Zubac ranks 4th amongst qualified players for FG% (65.2%) this season.
  • Kawhi Leonard ranks 5th amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.7) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Rockets rank 1st in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (74.7%).
  • The Rockets rank 29th in the league for three-point percentage this season (34.7%).
  • The Clippers are one of only two teams to record four or more wins when trailing by a margin of 10+ points after Q1 this season.
  • The Clippers rank 3rd in the league for three-point percentage this season (38.9%).

Clippers vs Rockets Prediction

The Clippers are still shorthanded with Russell Westbrook still out, while the Rockets are still missing Tari Eason and Steven Adams. The Clippers have been well below their best lately as they're depth has been stretched a bit with Westbrook out injured, but they will like their chances against a stumbling Rockets team who they've already beaten once this season. The Clippers were more than competitive in their narrow loss to the Bucks and I think they can go one better in this one, so I'll lay the points with the Clippers on the road.

Peter’s Pick Los Angeles -6.5

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