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

Our Prediction:

Houston Rockets will win

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

They also allow a 53% shooting percentage and a 40% average from behind the arc, ranking them 27th and 24th in those defensive categories. Houston averages 112 points per contest this season, which ranks them 16th in the NBA. They average 37 rebounds per game and 21 assists per game, which ranks them 29th and 21st in those offensive categories. The Rockets allow 131 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They force 12 turnovers per game which ranks them 8th in the league. Opponents average 54 rebounds a game which ranks 26th and they give up 36 assists per contest, which puts them in 30th place in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 20th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -19 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team, which has them ranked 23rd. In the turnover department they rank 25th with 11 per game.

They are 1st in the Southwest Division. They have a point differential of 3.6 as they average 112.9 points per game while giving up 109.4 per contest. They average 115.1 points per game and surrender 113.4, good for a point differential of 1.6. The Rockets have a record of 50-28. They are 2nd in the Pacific Division. The Clippers have an overall record of 47-31 this season.

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Over/Under: 227.5

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.

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.

The Clippers are 9th in turnovers per game with 14.5. The Clippers are 6th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.1 per game. They are 13th in the league in rebounding with 45.6 boards per game, and 21st in assists per contest with 23.8. They are 8th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 1.6. They rank 11th with 23.9 assists allowed per contest and 17th with 45.4 rebounds surrendered per game. Los Angeles is 5th in the league with 115.1 points per game this year. They shoot 39% from 3-point range, which is good for 2nd in the NBA. The Clippers surrender 113.4 points per contest, which ranks them 21st in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 12th and 2nd in those defensive statistics.

They are 11th in the NBA in pace with 103 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 14th. As a unit they are 17th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 52% of their shot attempts, ranking 1st in the NBA. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 58%, which is 5th in the NBA. Houston is 26th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 9.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 10 on defense. The Rockets are 15th in the league in defensive rating with 127.2, and their offensive rating of 108.8 is ranked 29th.

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His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 75%. He averages 6 assists per contest and 5 rebounds per game. Chris Paul averages 19 points per game in 32 minutes per contest this season. James Harden comes into this contest averaging 18 points per game while playing 35 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 9 rebounds per game and dishes out 10 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 50% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.

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.

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.

LA has won five of their past eight games, but suffered a heavy 129-99 defeat against a motivated Dallas on Friday night. On Friday, Paul wasnt able to control the pace of the game and the bench wasnt able to step up at either end of the floor. Theyre also missing the absence of key bench scorer Jamal Crawford. Getting their leading scorer back in Griffin should help that equation.