Houston vs. Los Angeles Preview

The Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at STAPLES Center.

Houston At L.A. Clippers
When: 8:30 PM ET, Sunday, May 10, 2015
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT
PREDICTION: Clippers 119, Rockets 114
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Oddsmakers currently have the Clippers listed as 7½-point favorites versus the Rockets, while the game’s total is sitting at 217.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 124-99 loser as they battled the Clippers on the road. The Rockets failed to cover in the match as a +6.5-point underdog, while 223 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Star guard James Harden attempted 15 free throws in Houston’s win but averaged just 5.5 attempts in the two defeats and is averaging 25.7 points and 10 assists in the series. “I think I could have been a little bit more aggressive,” Harden told reporters about his inability to take over in the two losses. “Just too passive. Just too passive.” Harden could use some help from backup forward Josh Smith, who has been highly unproductive in the series and is averaging eight points on 9-of-31 shooting.

Team record: 61-29 SU,52-38 ATS
Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 6 games
Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

The much-maligned Rivers took over Game 3 and scored 15 of his points during the 20-3 burst that broke open the contest. Part of the criticism hurled his way stems from the fact that his father Doc coaches the club, and Paul was encouraging dad to enjoy his son’s impressive splurge. “Even when C.P. said that, it was like white noise to me,” Doc Rivers told reporters. “(Austin) was just very aggressive and that’s what we’ve been telling him to do. The scoring and all that was great, we love it, but the big picture was we allowed C.P. to get back in this series, feel comfortable and not overextend himself.”

Team record: 62-30 SU,44-48 ATS
LA Clippers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
LA Clippers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Clippers’s last 7 games
LA Clippers is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games at home

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