Houston vs Los Angeles Preview

Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul will again be on the sidelines when the Clippers host the Houston Rockets in Friday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Houston At L.A. Clippers
When: 10:30 PM ET, Friday, May 8, 2015
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
PREDICTION: Clippers 105, Rockets 104
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Center Dwight Howard has played like the dominant star he once was in the first two games and contributed 24 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in Game 2. His knee injury is now behind him and he is averaging 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4.5 blocks while making 17-of-24 field-goal attempts. “At this point, it’s win or go home,” Howard told reporters. “You have to continue to play hard and you get through whatever. It is going to be tough out there every night. Every possession counts.”

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games
Houston is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games on the road
Houston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Houston’s last 21 games when playing LA Clippers
Houston is 4-12 SU in their last 16 games when playing LA Clippers
Houston is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games when playing LA Clippers
Houston is 1-7 SU in their last 8 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Houston’s last 12 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS: Coach Doc Rivers expects Paul to return at some point in the series but it doesn’t seem like Friday is even remotely possible since Paul has yet to resume running. “It’s really tough, especially with the way that I play, there’s only way I know how to play,” Paul told reporters. “It’s one of those things where you don’t want to make it worse than it already is.” Austin Rivers has started at the point in Paul’s absence and is averaging 13.5 points and 2.5 assists in the series.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 6 games
LA Clippers are 19-5 SU in their last 24 games
LA Clippers are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games at home
LA Clippers are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of the LA Clippers last 15 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of the LA Clippers last 21 games when playing Houston
LA Clippers are 12-4 SU in their last 16 games when playing Houston
LA Clippers are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of the LA Clippers last 12 games when playing at home against Houston
LA Clippers are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing at home against Houston

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