Houston Rockets (@1.62) vs Los Angeles Clippers (@2.35)
04-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Houston Rockets will win

Houston Rockets – Los Angeles Clippers Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 13:05

It has not been confirmed, but signs point towards Griffin making at least some sort of return on Sunday against Houston. Theyll be very pleased to have him back though. The Clippers have coped without star power forward Blake Griffin. Theyve stayed in the hunt for home court advantage, theyve switched up their style to take more jumps shots and star players DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul have stepped up.

His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 75%. He averages 6 assists per contest and 5 rebounds per game. Chris Paul averages 19 points per game in 32 minutes per contest this season. James Harden comes into this contest averaging 18 points per game while playing 35 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 9 rebounds per game and dishes out 10 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 50% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.

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Tobias Harris averages 22.5 points per game while playing 39 minutes per contest this year. He also averages 1 rebound per contest and 3 assists per game. Lou Williams averages 15.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 25.5 minutes per contest. He grabs 10 rebounds per game and has 2.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 64%. His field goal percentage is 36% and his free throw percentage is 92%.

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Meanwhile, the Rockets have slowly climbed the West standings thanks to winning 17 of their last 20 games, and the team now looks set to secure homecourt advantage for the first round of the playoffs. In a season that has defied the expectations of many, the Clippers currently sit 6th in the West standings, as the Los Angeles team has fuelled their playoff push by embarking on a 16-4 run.

Houston is all systems go to the playoff rounds with 113.2 ppg at 44.8% from the field and limits rival teams to score up to 109.3 ppg. The Rockets are boosted with 41.8 rebounds, 21.0 assists, 4.9 blocks, and 8.6 steals. Harden leads the Rockets in scoring with 36.4 ppg, 44.0% in FG shooting, and 87.9% from the foul line. The team is 8-2 SU in its last 10 matches on the road and 2-5 SU in its last 7 games against the Clippers. Houston is third in the West with a 50-28 win/loss slate and now ranks 5th in the League.

TheRockets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. TheClippers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston,3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. NBA Pacific,9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. TheClippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games,4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

The Los Angeles Clippers raise its sails with 115.1 ppg at47.1% from the field while restricting foes to score at 113.4 ppg. The Los Angeles Clippers are secured in the Western playoffs at 6th place with a 47-31 win/loss mark and now ranks 9th in the League. Williams is the leader in scoring for the Clippers with 20.3 ppg, 43.0% in field goal shooting, and 88.0% from the charity lane. The team is 5-0 SU in its last 5 home matches and 4-2 ATS in its last 6 home matches against the Rockets. The Clippers garnered 45.6 rebounds, 23.8 assists, 4.7 blocks, and 6.8 steals per game.

As a unit they are 5th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 30% of their shot attempts, ranking 28th in the NBA. The Clippers are 8th in the league in defensive rating with 111, and their offensive rating of 112.6 is ranked 19th. They are 8th in the NBA in pace with 101.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 11th. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 24th in the NBA. Los Angeles is 13th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.3 on defense.

Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers game preview

The Rockets are still without Dwight Howard and after being carried through a stretch by MVP-candidate James Harden, Houston might just have started to miss Howards inside presence. They have just a 1 1/2 game advantage over the Clippers for the fourth seed in the Western conference and have now lost four of their last six. Sundays game concludes a four-game road trip that started with victory over Denver, but has since seen losses to Portland and Utah.

They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 15th in the NBA. The Clippers surrender 99.5 points per contest, which ranks them 2nd in the NBA. The Clippers are 19th in turnovers per game with 13. They are 15th in the league in rebounding with 47 boards per game, and 23rd in assists per contest with 21. They rank 3rd with 19 assists allowed per contest and 27th with 54 rebounds surrendered per game. Their defense allows a 37% shooting percentage and a 26% average from 3-point range, ranking them 1st and 3rd in those defensive statistics. They are 24th in the league in shooting at 42%, while their average scoring margin is 3.5. Los Angeles is 27th in the league with 103 points per game this year. The Clippers were 5th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 11 per game last season.

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As a team they are 19th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 17th in the league. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 41%, which is 30th in the league. Los Angeles is 15th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 9.5 on the defensive end. The Clippers are 22nd in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.6, and their defensive rating of 101.1 is ranked 6th. In terms of pace they are 26th in the league with 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 48% is 25th.

Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Clippers. Rockets SG Gerald Green (groin) and PF Kenneth Faried (knee) will be on the sidelines on this match. The Clippers maybe on a roll with a 13-2 record for the month of March but the Rockets are just too strong for the lot. The NBA Pick for this match is Houston Rockets -5.5. Predicted to win this match is Houston to a score of 115-112.