Houston Rockets (@1.62) vs Los Angeles Clippers (@2.35)

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Houston Rockets will win

Houston Rockets – Los Angeles Clippers Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 13:05

In Howards absence, Terrence Jones is a key piece at both ends of the floor. Hes averaging 11.0 rebounds per game in his last three, but has struggled to find consistency offensively. Hes just 10 for 32 from the field in his last two appearances. Meanwhile, Harden has two straight games with less than 20 points for just the third time this season and first time since the end of January.

Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 13th in the league. In terms of pace they are 27th in the league with 97.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 4th. As a team they are 4th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 52% of their shots, ranking 1st in the league. The Rockets are 2nd in the NBA in offensive rating with 114.7, and their defensive rating of 111.1 is ranked 20th. Houston is 20th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.5 on the defensive end.

James Harden comes into this contest averaging 36.4 points per game while playing 37.2 minutes per night this season. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 88%. He pulls down 6.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 7.5 assists per game as well. He averages 8.1 assists per contest and 4.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 42% for the year while his free throw percentage is 86%. Chris Paul averages 15.6 points per game in 32.4 minutes per contest this season.

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They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 15th in the NBA. The Clippers surrender 99.5 points per contest, which ranks them 2nd in the NBA. The Clippers are 19th in turnovers per game with 13. They are 15th in the league in rebounding with 47 boards per game, and 23rd in assists per contest with 21. They rank 3rd with 19 assists allowed per contest and 27th with 54 rebounds surrendered per game. Their defense allows a 37% shooting percentage and a 26% average from 3-point range, ranking them 1st and 3rd in those defensive statistics. They are 24th in the league in shooting at 42%, while their average scoring margin is 3.5. Los Angeles is 27th in the league with 103 points per game this year. The Clippers were 5th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 11 per game last season.

have been perfect (they have not), but you always know that the goal is winning a championship and every move is made through that lens. One of the blessings of being a Rockets fan is that you never worry that the front office is going to make a mistake. Thats not to say Daryl Morey and co. I think trading away that much of the future is a mistake, but the window is now. The Rockets will get healthy and they will figure out a fix for the defensive issues. If that seems impossible right now with all the injuries, thats because it is.

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James Harden is averaging 31.9 points and nine assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 19.2 points and 2.1 assists. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.3 rebounds. The Houston Rockets look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since October 28-30. The Houston Rockets are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets are averaging 115.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 104.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting. The Houston Rockets have won 10 of their last 12 home games.

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After missing six of the Rockets last eight fixtures with a knee injury, Kenneth Faried returned last night, recording a double-double in the teams win over the Kings. This leaves Gerald Green as the teams only doubt, although the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the 33-year-old could return for the game in LA. Houston has struggled with injuries all season long, although the team is finally nearing full health ahead of the postseason.

It has not been confirmed, but signs point towards Griffin making at least some sort of return on Sunday against Houston. Theyll be very pleased to have him back though. The Clippers have coped without star power forward Blake Griffin. 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.

They total 103 points per contest and give up 99.5, which is a point differential of 3.5. The Rockets have a regular season record of 0-1. They are 5th in the Southwest Division. The Clippers have an overall mark of 1-1. They currently are 3rd in the Pacific Division. They have a point differential of -19 as they average 112 points per game while giving up 131 per contest.

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TheRockets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. TheClippers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston,3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. NBA Pacific,9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. TheClippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games,4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.