The Los Angeles Clippers are needing to regroup and will try to go into the All-Star break on a high note when they host the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. The Clippers (29-31) are eighth in the Western Conference but have won just four of their past 10 games. The good news is, they face Houston (15-41), which is last in the conference and has won just one of its past 11. Each team played its most recent game in Phoenix, and each came away with a loss. The Suns beat Los Angeles 103-96 on Tuesday before having to fight for a 124-121 victory against the Rockets on Wednesday night. Houston won the most recent meeting, a 122-115 triumph last May that broke a three-game L.A. win streak in the series.
Tipoff at L.A.'s Crypto.com Arena is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. Los Angeles is the 11-point favorite in the latest Rockets vs. Clippers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under for total points scored is 229.5. Before making any Clippers vs. Rockets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Rockets vs. Clippers spread: Los Angeles -11
- Rockets vs. Clippers over-under: 229.5 points
- Rockets vs. Clippers money line: Houston +450, Los Angeles -650
- HOU: The Rockets are 14-15-1 ATS as a road underdog this season
- LAC: The Clippers are 13-17 ATS at home (8-13 ATS as the favorite)
Why the Clippers can cover
The Clippers haven't been scoring a lot, but they play solid defense and are 29-31 against the spread this season. They are 11th in the NBA in scoring defense (107.6 points per game) while Houston allows a league-high 117.6. The Rockets have given up 124.4 on average over their last 10, so the Clippers offense should be able to get going. Reggie Jackson (16.6 points per game) and Marcus Morris (15.9) have been stepping up with Paul George out until mid-March.
The team's top scorer (24.4 per game) has a knee injury, and the Clippers have struggled in his absence. The game against Houston can provide some confidence, and the Rockets could be weary on a back-to-back after the trip from Phoenix. Morris scored 23 against the Suns on Tuesday, Jackson had 14 and eight assists and Ivica Zubac had 12 points and 13 rebounds. The Clippers are hitting 36 percent of their three-point tries, the eighth-best mark in the NBA.
Why the Rockets can cover
The Rockets are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings, and they could catch L.A. sleepwalking into the All-Star break. The Clippers score just 106.3 points per game (25th in the league) while Houston scores 108.4 (19th). Houston fought hard in the three-point loss to the NBA-best Suns, with six players scoring in double figures. Eric Gordon missed a contested 3-pointer that would have tied it at the buzzer, and Dennis Schroder scored 23 points and Jae'Sean Tate added 22.
Houston hung tough despite missing leading scorer Christian Wood (17.6 per game) and Kevin Porter (13.7). Both were out with illnesses but could return for the Rockets, who are 23-33-1 ATS this season. Alperen Sengun, who averages 8.8 points in under 19 minutes per game, would fill in at center if Wood can't go. Houston isn't a great team on the boards, but the Clippers allow opponents to pull down 47.8 rebounds per game, second-most in the NBA.
How to make Rockets vs. Clippers picks
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