After looking like a shadow of themselves compared to the regular season I am backing the Houston Rockets with NBA picks on the plus money line to beat the L.A. Clippers at home and extend the series.
Clippers vs. Rockets
The Clippers are rolling right now and Houston has been on their heels. Right now NBA odds makers have come out with the Clips at a -2.5, which makes sense considering their recent dominance. L.A. is up 3-1 in the series and has dominated the last two games winning by over 20 points in both. In the last game the Clippers came out with a massive 43 point 3rd quarter to put it away. Also at home they have been shooting lights out averaging well over 50% from the field.
Before locking in your NBA picks note that although the Rockets have been blown out the last two games I think they will have some good numbers in their favor coming back home. So far this series has been all Clippers, even with the Rockets grabbing game two, in the last three games the Clippers are shooting 50% from the field, and over 37% from beyond the arc while holding Houston to 41% from the field. Still, the Rockets have shot over 37% from beyond the arc in that time frame and have been consistent getting to the line. Defensively is where the Rockets need to step up and at home they have the mentality and personnel to do it. At home this season they were ranked 9th the NBA in opponent field shooting at 43.5% per game average, and they led the NBA in opponent beyond the arc shooting at under 30%.
This is a good spot for a gut check from the Rockets as NBA odds underdogs. After getting rolled up the last two games I like for them to bounce back at home with their backs against the wall and take this game five. Clippers have played great but they might be coming in a little over confident. This is a good Rockets team that plays hard on both ends, look for them to extend the series today.
NBA Picks: Rockets +130 at 5Dimes