Los Angeles Clippers Travel to Houston to Face the Rockets
The Los Angeles Clippers head out to face the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. The last time they faced Houston, they notched an easy 142-111 victory. In hopes of repeating that performance, the Clippers will yet again rely on Nicolas Batum.
The injuries to the Clippers roster have hurt them but not crippled them. We’ll see their resilience again in this game.
The Houston Rockets have found themselves at the bottom of the Western Conference. With not much to look forward to, they’ll hope to make it harder on opposing teams to win games. The last time they played, the Clippers turned out to be a brutal loss.
In hopes of redemption, the Rockets will host the Clippers and try to put up a better performance. So, who’s the best bet?
Game Preview: Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets March 1st
The Clippers have had a rough season in terms of injuries, but they’re still No.8 in the Western Conference. They lost their two best players, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, yet they’re still winning games.
Before the All-Star break, they took down the Rockets, who they’ll face again here. Averaging just 106.85 points per game, the Clippers will rely on their defense on Tuesday.
The Houston Rockets have the NBA’s worst defense in terms of points allowed. This awful defense was the reason the Clippers were able to score 142 points against them. On average, the Rockets allow 118.14 points per game.
If they want any chance at winning this game, they’ll need to play much better defense. Still, we don’t see the Rockets being able to win this game.
Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets Betting Prediction
We know what it looks like when these two teams play each other because we just saw it. Even with the massive injuries to their lineup, the Clippers put up 142 points.
They were favored by 10.5-points in that game, and it’s likely to be a similar spread in this one. Even if Houston gets a +10.5-point spread, their defense won’t help them here. Take the Clippers against the spread.
Surprisingly enough, the Clippers haven’t been awful against the spread this season. Overall, they have a 30-31 record, slightly under .500. On the road, they have a 16-14 record against the spread, which is rather good.
The Rockets, on the other hand, are 23-34-1 against the spread this season. At home, where most teams play better, the Rockets are worse at 8-18 ATS.
When it comes to the total, we think taking the over is your best bet here. The last time these two played, the total went way over the expected amount. The last game had the total set at 227.5, and when the game ended, the total was 253.
The Houston defense isn’t capable of even slowing down an injured Clipper team. Add the over to your ticket and maximize your winnings.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.