Los Angeles @ Houston
Current Records: Los Angeles 47-23; Houston 16-54
What to Know
After four games on the road, the Houston Rockets are heading back home. They will take on the Los Angeles Clippers at 9 p.m. ET on Friday at Toyota Center. Allowing an average of 116.61 points per game, Houston has been asleep on the defensive side of the ball and will need to wake up before the matchup.
It was close but no cigar for the Rockets as they fell 124-122 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Despite the defeat, Houston had strong showings from power forward Kelly Olynyk, who had 24 points and eight assists in addition to six boards, and small forward Kenyon Martin Jr., who dropped a double-double on 20 points and ten rebounds along with three blocks.
Meanwhile, everything went Los Angeles' way against the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday as they made off with a 113-90 win. The score was close at the half, but the Clippers pulled away in the second half with 69 points. The top scorers for Los Angeles were shooting guard Paul George (20 points) and point guard Reggie Jackson (19 points).
Los Angeles' victory brought them up to 47-23 while Houston's loss pulled them down to 16-54. Los Angeles is still in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs, so these next two games are critical for them. Houston has been eliminated from playoff contention.
Houston is expected to lose this next one by 7.5. They are currently four-for-four against the spread in their most recent games, however, a trend bettors might want to take into account.
The Rockets were within striking distance but couldn't close the gap in the teams' previous meeting last month as they fell 109-104 to the Clippers. Can Houston avenge their defeat, or is history doomed to repeat itself? We'll soon find out.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 9 p.m. ET
- Where: Toyota Center -- Houston, Texas
- TV: ATTSN Southwest
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Clippers are a big 7.5-point favorite against the Rockets, according to the latest NBA odds.
The line on this game has moved quite a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Clippers as an 11.5-point favorite.
Los Angeles have won 11 out of their last 20 games against Houston.
- Apr 23, 2021 - Los Angeles 109 vs. Houston 104
- Apr 09, 2021 - Los Angeles 126 vs. Houston 109
- Mar 05, 2020 - Los Angeles 120 vs. Houston 105
- Dec 19, 2019 - Houston 122 vs. Los Angeles 117
- Nov 22, 2019 - Los Angeles 122 vs. Houston 119
- Nov 13, 2019 - Houston 102 vs. Los Angeles 93
- Apr 03, 2019 - Houston 135 vs. Los Angeles 103
- Oct 26, 2018 - Los Angeles 133 vs. Houston 113
- Oct 21, 2018 - Los Angeles 115 vs. Houston 112
- Mar 15, 2018 - Houston 101 vs. Los Angeles 96
- Feb 28, 2018 - Houston 105 vs. Los Angeles 92
- Jan 15, 2018 - Los Angeles 113 vs. Houston 102
- Dec 22, 2017 - Los Angeles 128 vs. Houston 118
- Apr 10, 2017 - Los Angeles 125 vs. Houston 96
- Mar 01, 2017 - Houston 122 vs. Los Angeles 103
- Dec 30, 2016 - Houston 140 vs. Los Angeles 116
- Mar 16, 2016 - Los Angeles 122 vs. Houston 106
- Jan 18, 2016 - Los Angeles 140 vs. Houston 132
- Dec 19, 2015 - Houston 107 vs. Los Angeles 97
- Nov 07, 2015 - Houston 109 vs. Los Angeles 105
Injury Report for Houston
- Eric Gordon: Out (Groin)
- Avery Bradley: Out (Personal)
- Sterling Brown: Out (Forehead)
- Danuel House Jr.: Out (Ankle)
- David Nwaba: Out (Wrist)
- D.J. Wilson: Out (Covid-19)
- Kevin Porter: Out (Ankle)
- Christian Wood: Out (Ankle)
- Dante Exum: Out for the Season (Calf)
- John Wall: Out for the Season (Hamstring)
Injury Report for Los Angeles
- Serge Ibaka: Game-Time Decision (Back)
- Reggie Jackson: Game-Time Decision (Achilles)
- Patrick Beverley: Out (Rest)
- Kawhi Leonard: Out (Rest)
- Paul George: Out (Rest)
- Terance Mann: Out (Personal)
- Amir Coffey: Out (Covid-19)