Houston Rockets (@1.5) vs Los Angeles Clippers (@2.67)
05-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Houston Rockets will win

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They have just a 1 1/2 game advantage over the Clippers for the fourth seed in the Western conference and have now lost four of their last six. The Rockets are still without Dwight Howard and after being carried through a stretch by MVP-candidate James Harden, Houston might just have started to miss Howards inside presence. Sundays game concludes a four-game road trip that started with victory over Denver, but has since seen losses to Portland and Utah.

Theyll be very pleased to have him back though. It has not been confirmed, but signs point towards Griffin making at least some sort of return on Sunday against Houston. Theyve stayed in the hunt for home court advantage, theyve switched up their style to take more jumps shots and star players DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul have stepped up. The Clippers have coped without star power forward Blake Griffin.

Chris Paul strained his left abductor during Wednesdays game against the Lakers and is currently listed as day-to-day. Clint Capela sat out Wednesdays game against the Lakers with a left heel contusion and will be a game-time decision tonight. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is expected to return in early January after suffering a dislocated shoulder in a game against the Hornets.

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Houston is 26th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 9.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 10 on defense. The Rockets are 15th in the league in defensive rating with 127.2, and their offensive rating of 108.8 is ranked 29th. They are 11th in the NBA in pace with 103 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 14th. As a unit they are 17th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 52% of their shot attempts, ranking 1st in the NBA. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 58%, which is 5th in the NBA.

The Rockets allow 109.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 11th in the league. In the turnover department they rank 22nd with 13.6 per game. Houston averages 112.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 12th in the NBA. They force 15.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 21st in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 19th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 22nd and 6th in those defensive categories. Their average scoring margin is 3.6 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 25th. Opponents average 45.2 rebounds a game which ranks 16th and they give up 23.6 assists per contest, which puts them in 10th place in the league. They average 41.8 rebounds per game and 20.9 assists per game, which ranks them 28th and 28th in those offensive categories.

For as much as Houston fans at least partly lament the Chris Paul acquisition because it cost the team three great role players in Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, and Lou Williams, I find it interesting that both the Rockets and Leonards camp came to the same conclusion about the trio: theyre good players but you still need another star to win with them. In Houstons case, they knew that they could get their star and then find role players later. The Clippers had the role players, but had to trade their future and a good young player (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) to get their second star.

Theyre also missing the absence of key bench scorer Jamal Crawford. LA has won five of their past eight games, but suffered a heavy 129-99 defeat against a motivated Dallas on Friday night. Getting their leading scorer back in Griffin should help that equation. On Friday, Paul wasnt able to control the pace of the game and the bench wasnt able to step up at either end of the floor.

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His ability to knife through the lane and get to the basket is unparalleled and allows the Rockets to manufacture points almost at will. Houston has been able to continue to perform at a high level thanks to the individual brilliance of Harden, who is averaging a career-high 31.9 points while shooting 45-percent from the floor and 39-percent from behind the arc.

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The Rockets allow 131 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -19 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team, which has them ranked 23rd. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 20th in the league. Opponents average 54 rebounds a game which ranks 26th and they give up 36 assists per contest, which puts them in 30th place in the league. They average 37 rebounds per game and 21 assists per game, which ranks them 29th and 21st in those offensive categories. Houston averages 112 points per contest this season, which ranks them 16th in the NBA. They force 12 turnovers per game which ranks them 8th in the league. They also allow a 53% shooting percentage and a 40% average from behind the arc, ranking them 27th and 24th in those defensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 25th with 11 per game.

The Clippers are 22nd in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.6, and their defensive rating of 101.1 is ranked 6th. As a team they are 19th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 17th in the league. Los Angeles is 15th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 9.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 41%, which is 30th in the league. In terms of pace they are 26th in the league with 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 48% is 25th.