Oddsmakers Too Kind to Home Dog Clippers vs. Red-Hot Rockets

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Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 4:36 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 4:36 PM UTC

The Houston Rockets wrap up a three-game road trip at the Staples Center tonight while the Clippers return to LA after a seven-game road swing. Let’s check out the NBA odds and break down this Western Conference tilt.

Rockets (47-13 SU, 32-28 ATS) at Clippers (32-27 SU, 34-24-1 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Clippers +7½Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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  • Los Angeles is 5-1 ATS in their last six Wednesday games.
  • Los Angeles is 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a straight up win.
  • Los Angeles is 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win.
  • Houston is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
  • Houston is 0-3 straight up and ATS versus the Clippers in their last three meetings.
  • Houston is 7-9 ATS revenging a loss vs opponent.

Let’s face facts. It’s hard to bet against the Rockets, but those who have been blindly sending it on Houston in their NBA picks this season have seen a negligible profit. However, if you have been a disciple of the LA Clippers, you know that their 34-24-1 ATS record has rendered a healthy profit, covering at almost 59 percent this season. In addition, LA has handled Houston remarkably well recently, winning by an average of 10½ points and covering as underdogs in both meetings this season.

However, every new game brings a different set of circumstances, and it’s incumbent upon us to study the trends as well as both teams’ most recent performances. We see Houston has been on a torrid pace, winning 13 straight and covering the NBA odds in nine of those. On the flip side, the Clippers have won four of their last five and covered in all but one Two teams playing winning ball in which something must give tonight.

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— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) February 28, 2018

The last time these clubs met, there was pandemonium throughout and at the end of the game. Chippy play turned into an off-court fracas when the Rockets tried to breach the Clippers’ locker room after LA claimed a 113-102 win in mid-January. Let’s not forget that Blake Griffin was in uniform for the Clippers before he was dealt away to Detroit, and James Harden was out for the Rockets, nursing a hamstring injury. But as I review this matchup, I can’t help but think that Houston may be getting a bit too much love from NBA oddsmakers, who are braced for a flood of square action on the hottest team in the league.

Let’s also not forget that Rockets may be undermanned tonight as stretch-four Ryan Anderson, who bucketed 12 points in the Jan. 15 loss to LA, is out with a hip injury, while center Clint Capela, who scored 14 in the last meeting with the Clippers, is questionable after missing Monday’s contest with an illness. Shooting guard and sixth man Eric Gordon, having been absent the previous four games, is not listed on the injury report for tonight’s clash in the City of Angels and should be in uniform.

The point spread evens the playing field, and I believe that this Clippers team, desperately clinging to the eighth and final playoff seed, will need this one more than the Rockets, who are battling for Western Conference supremacy. Los Angeles will be looking forward to some home cookin’ after their 2½-week sojourn in which they covered in all but one of those seven tilts. Let’s grab the points and back the live pup here.

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