The Houston Rockets (6-3) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers (3-7) on Friday, November 17th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Crypto.com Arena and televised on BSSC. The Rockets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Clippers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Nuggets. Tip-off is set for 10:30 ET.
Rockets vs Clippers
The Rockets Are Coming Off A Win
The Rockets notched a win against the Nuggets in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 107-104. The Rockets faced the Nuggets as +4.5 underdogs, achieving both a straight-up and ATS win in the game. In terms of the over/under, the combined 211 points was below the over/under line of 216.5.
Coming into today’s matchup, the Rockets will be looking to build on their current six game winning streak and their overall record is currently 6-3. The Western Conference sees the Rockets currently at 5th, and in the Southwest division, they are 2nd.
Currently, Houston holds an above .500 ATS record of 6-3 so far this year. This season, Houston has a 2-0 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 4-3 as underdogs.
The Clippers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Clippers’ most recent matchup against the Nuggets saw Paul George lead the Clippers with 35 points while shooting 13/26 from the field. James Harden finished 2nd on the team with 21 points, but Los Angeles ended the game with a 111-108 loss.
Facing the Rockets, the Clippers currently hold an overall record of 3-7 and aim to end their six game losing streak. Currently, in the Western Conference, the team is ranked 12th, and they are 5th in the Pacific division.
So far, Los Angeles is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 4-6. This season, Los Angeles has a 3-3 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 1-3 as underdogs.
In nine games games, Houston has an average of 111 points per game (20th). Coming into today’s game, the Rockets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.4 made 3’s per game. If the Houston offense is going to improve, they must continue to do a good job avoiding turnovers. Currently, the unit is 4th in fewest turnovers per game.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Los Angeles offense is ranked 15th in the NBA in scoring at 113.2 points per game. So far, the Clippers are averaging 98.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Although the team tends to play at a more deliberate pace, they are currently one of the more efficient shooting teams, connecting on field goal attempts at a rate of 11th%.
Rockets Team Defense
Currently, the Rockets’ defense holds the 3rd rank in the NBA, allowing 105.8 points per game.
The Houston defense has allowed opponents to shoot 32.0% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 45.3% of their field goal attempts vs. Houston.
Clippers Team Defense
At present, the Clippers’ defense is ranked 10th, allowing 111.7 points per game.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Clippers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 52.9% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 34.8% from downtown.
Key Players For The Rockets And Clippers
In today’s game, our projections have Alperen Sengün leading the Rockets with 15 points on 6/10 shooting from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 19.4 points per game, along with 8.2 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Kawhi Leonard as the leading scorer for the Clippers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 18 while also collecting 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 45.8%, and he is contributing 20.5 points per game on average.
Rockets vs Clippers Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, Houston has an ATS record of 1-2 while averaging 107 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
- Although Los Angeles has a straight up record of 0-5 in their last five home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 1-4. The team averaged 109 points per game in these games.
- As the betting underdog, the Rockets have an ATS record of 3-0 in their last three games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 3-0.
- Going back to their previous three games as the favorite, Los Angeles has an ATS mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.
Coming in as the underdogs at +6, we have the Rockets as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 217.5 and our model has the Rockets and Clippers finishing with a combined 214 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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