Clippers vs. Rockets: NBA Picks

PJ Laferla

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 2:30 PM GMT

Two offensive powerhouses will go head to head tonight when the Clippers and Rockets meet tonight. Where have we decided to place our NBA picks in Western Conference battle?

Clippers/Rockets Betting Analysis & Free Pick

The Los Angeles Clippers (29-9 SU, 8-8 ATS away) will collide with the Houston Rockets (21-17 SU, 13-7 ATS home) tonight in matchup that features two of the best offenses the NBA has to offer this season.

Tip off is schedule for 8:00 PM EST from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and can be seen live on television, with broadcast coverage provided by the Prime Ticket and Comcast SportsNet.

The current NBA odds for this game has the slight advantage going to the visitors in this one, as the Clippers are listed as -1 point road favorites, while the total comes in high – as expected – at 211 points.

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Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers enter play tonight with the second highest winning percentage (.763) in the NBA and have proven to be a perennial contender this season.

Los Angeles features an offense that shoots 47.7% from the field, which is fourth best in the league; and scores an average of 101.7 points a game, which is good enough for 7th best.

Defensively, the Clippers are among the stingiest this season, as their 42.9 field goal percentage allowed and their 92.8 points against rank 3rd and 4th respectively in the association this season.

The Clippers faced Houston three times last season, producing a 3-0 straight up record.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets have lost three games in a row and it seems as though their “think offense first” approach is not translating into wins.

Houston is the highest scoring team in the NBA, averaging nearly 106 points per game, but their defense surrenders more than 103 points a night, which is one of the three worst totals allowed this season.

Additionally, the Rockets have been failing from behind the arc lately. Going back three games, Houston is a woeful 24 for 92 from three-point land, which equals out to just 26.1 % shooting.

Betting Trends

The Clippers have covered the point spread 18 of their last 26 times following a straight up win, but are just 6-21 ATS in their last 27 matchups played on a Tuesday.

13 of the Clippers last 19 games against Western Conference opponents have gone over the posted total.

Houston is 11-4 against the spread in their last 15 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last seven played a t home.

The Rockets have gone over the posted total in five of six home games and ten of fourteen overall.

Injury Report

Chris Paul is considered doubtful for the Clippers due to a bruised knee and Jeremy Lin is a game-time decision for the Rockets after suffering a sprained ankle in practice on Monday.

The Pick

Now on to our free NBA picks for this showdown. The Clippers are much more competitive on both sides of the ball, while the Rockets only offer a one-sided game; and for this reason, I expect Los Angeles to take this game and cover the point spread.

NBA Picks: Clippers -1