The Clippers look to put the final nail in the coffin of Houston's NBA Playoffs tonight, when the pair resume hostilities in game 5. Can the Rockets live another day? Here's a preview, complete with NBA picks.
Failure To Launch
The Rockets have been underwhelming in the Western Conference semi-final series with the Los Angeles Clippers. Although they won game 2 at home, they never looked fully invested into this series. As a result, it's all gotten away from them fast. Now they are down 1-3 and staring down the barrel of elimination.
Nobody that has followed this series closely can be surprised by the NBA betting market on this game. Houston, quite rightly, are the home underdogs, trading at +125 NBA odds to win outright and as the 2.5-point pups against the spread.
If there's one positive to be had, it's that they're not exactly priced out of the market for a home win. The odds are low enough to suggest its within the realm of possibility – a home win, that is. Every cloud....
Although most NBA bettors would look upon such a happenstance not as the Rockets bouncing back, rather as a futile attempt to delay the inevitable. Simply put, the Rockets have run out of gas at the worst possible time: the NBA Playoffs, They don't look to have the legs to take this series the distance, let alone win each and every game from now on.
LA Clippers Soaring
The Clippers are in the ascendancy in this series after taking back-to-back wins at home and the 3-1 edge in the series. They are one win away from booking their spot in the Western Conference Finals, and if the NBA odds were any indication, they are quite likely to pull off the feat tonight.
The Clippers head to Houston as the -145 road favorites to win outright and the 2.5-point road chalk. Unquestionably, they've earned the right to be favored in this series by the way they've dominated the tired Rockets. They've outmuscled, outhustled and outscored the Rockets something huge that its a wonder they aren't better favored on the NBA odds board.
Heck, all three wins were well inside double-digits, and each time by greater win margins. Game 1 saw the Clippers win by 16 points, game 2 by 25 points and game 3 by a whopping 33 points. Think the 2.5-point spread for this game is adequate?
NBA Betting Verdict:
Bet against the Clippers if you dare with your NBA picks. It'll take a brave NBA bettor to do so. We're not so brave, so we're not going to. Besides we like what we've seen from these plucky Clippers. They have the momentum, the confidence and the drive to take this series in game 5. They went the distance against the Spurs in the first round, so they'll appreciate a spot of respite before the Western Conference Finals. What's more, we also like their tempting -145 NBA odds to win outright and the laughable 2.5-point spread that is trading for this game.
NBA Picks: Clippers -145 and -2.5 at The Greek