In this high caliber Western duel between two teams tied in the 3rd place of the conference, the Houston Rockets (7-3), looking to extend their current winning streak, are hosting the Los Angeles Clippers (7-3), who have lost only once in their last 5 games and want to continue on the winning ways as well.
Date/Time: 11-13-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -1
Houston Rockets have a 7-3 record (3-7 against the spread) so far this season and are tied with the Clippers and Jazz in the third place of the West. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Pelicans with a 122-116 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 37.3 ppg, adding 5.4 boards and a team high 8.3 dimes per game. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 21.9 ppg, 7.4 dimes and 8.7 boards per game.
Los Angeles Clippers also have a 7-3 record (7-3 against the spread) so far this season and are tied with the Rockets and Jazz in the 3rd place of the West. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against the Raptors with a 98-88 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 26.9 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 5.9 and in boards grabbed with 8.5 per game. He is followed by Lou Williams with 22.3 ppg and 5.6 dimes per game.
In their three meetings last season the Clippers led the Rockets 2-1 wins, winning the only road game with a 113-133 score. Rockets are 3-1 at home, while the Clippers are 1-2 on the road. Rockets are better offensively, scoring 120.3 ppg to Clippers’ 111.9, while Clippers are better defensively, allowing 106.9 ppg to Rockets’ 118.4. Clippers have a better field goal percentage (45.7% to 44.7%), while Rockets have a better 3-point percentage (33.6% to 32.4%). Clippers are better both in boards grabbed (48.3 to 46.7) and in turnovers committed (15.8 to 16.3), while Rockets are better in dimes made (23.2 to 21.6). Bookmakers give the Rockets a -1 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the guests in this one.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers +1 (-112)
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