NBA Picks: Clippers vs. Rockets NBA Betting Preview

Joe Catalano

Saturday, November 9, 2013 4:29 PM GMT

5 days ago the Clippers clipped the Rockets. Will the Rockets return the favor tonight? Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm ET at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Tonight, the Los Angeles Clippers (3-3) meet up with the Houston Rockets (4-2) in the rematch of a meeting just 5 days ago as the Clippers beat up on Houston, 137-118.

Odds makers look for another shootout as the Rockets are a 4 point NBA betting odds favorite and the total for the game is listed at 213.5.

CP3 and Blake Griffin had a fairly easy time of it against the Rockets at the Staples Center. The question is “will we see more of the same or will home court advantage help Houston turn the tables?”

Los Angeles has beaten Houston in 6 of their last 7 meetings and this can be a simple case of one team having another team’s number.

The Hard Way

Despite the Clippers 3-3 record, we know that they’re an elite team in the league and Houston would like to earn some respect back in their building and in order for that to happen, James Harden will have to have a big game.

It’s becoming evident that Dwight Howard is a 2nd scoring option on any team. For the Magic, he had no other option but to be the main man, but on teams like the Lakers and Rockets, he’s deferred to Bryant and Harden.

Harden expends a great deal of energy and has no problem facilitating the action by looking to keep the tempo up and looking for his shot. On the season, Harden is averaging 26.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. He’s coming off of a huge 35 point, 9 rebound, 5 assist, 4 blocks, and 2 steal performance in a crushing 99-98 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in which Steve Blake hit a game winning 3-pointer to secure the victory for L.A. Nonetheless, Harden can do it all and will need to have a big game against a tough team in the Clippers tonight.

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“Hack-a-Howard”

This game is expected to be close and don’t be surprised if the Rockets grab the lead, the Clippers will looking to force D-12 to win the game from the foul line. The Lakers did it and Howard was just 5 of 16 from the foul line. Houston must not put themselves in this position. We all know that Dwight Howard can grab 15 rebound whenever he want’s, but in order for Houston to win, Howard must look for his shot more often. He’s averaging a respectable 17 points per game, but put up only 10 shots against Los Angeles. Dwight Howard needs to get his confidence back and be the 20 point per game scorer that he was made to be.

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Getting Tired?

At 16.8 points per game and the knack for knocking down the timely 3-ball, J.J. Redick is the perfect fit for the Clippers. Redick will need to stay consistent as Chris Paul isn’t the 20 plus point per game scorer that his statistics indicate. CP3 is great because he knows how to make players better and knows when to take over a game; he’s never been a huge statistics guy. Thus far, his stats indicate otherwise, but after an 11 point performance against the dominant Miami Heat, you have a better barometer of exactly how good that Chris Paul is without putting up huge numbers offensively.

Blake Griffin is averaging 25 points and 13.5 rebounds in his last 2 games. This is the Griffin that we saw in his rookie season and if he keep’s playing this way, Los Angeles has a chance to win a 2nd consecutive game over the Rockets for our NBA picks.

Outcome

These are two teams with a lot of offensive firepower and look for a lot of points. 213.5 is a lot of points in most games, but not for these two elite teams.

NBA Pick- Houston/Los Angeles OVER 213.5