Clippers vs Rockets 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds

Posted by Derrick Harper on March 5, 2020 in

The Clippers and Rockets are all set for a Thursday night showdown this week. The game will be the first of two on NBA on TNT, so be sure to catch the action. Houston returns home after a two game road trip to New York and Boston, which they split 1-1, losing the second game to the Knicks. Let’s see how the NBA odds will be for the Clippers vs Rockets.

Clippers vs Rockets 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds

This is the second game of a two game road trip for the Clippers. They beat the Thunder on Tuesday night to kick the trip off. The Clippers currently hold second place in the Western Conference with a record of 42-19. They sit five games behind the 46-13 Lakers who are in first.

Houston is 7-3 over their last ten games, and not far behind the Los Angeles teams. Their 39-21 record puts them just 2.5 games behind the Clippers and 7.5 behind the Lakers. They’re currently in fourth place, with the Nuggets in between them and the Clippers.

Tip off is set for 8 pm ET on Thursday at the Toyota Center in Houston.

It’s L.A., It’s Lit

All of the best basketball in the NBA that isn’t being played in Milwaukee, is being played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Whether you’re a Lakers fan, or a Clippers fan, it’s a good year for L.A. basketball fans, at least on the basketball court.

The Clippers offensive rating of 113.4 ranks 3rs in the NBA. Their defensive rating is 107.4, which ranks 5th in the league. When both sides of the floor rank in the top 5, league. The results are going to be favorable to say the least.

Doc Rivers and crew are 17-13 on the road this season, and come in fully healthy. Led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who can be pesky at both ends of the floor, especially when they’re out there at the same time.

The Clippers are 21-7 when Leonard and George both play, and they now ride in on a 5 game winning streak. The duo combines for 48.2 points, 13.3 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3.1 steals per game. Yeah. That’s good.

Highs & Lows in Houston

Acquiring Russell Westbrook. James Harden averaging 35 points per game. Having the second highest offensive rating in the NBA with 114.3. Those would all have to be considered highs of the Rockets season. Taking a loss to the Knicks on Monday during a stretch run to the playoffs, however, has to be a pretty low, low. Even on the road.

That being said, the Rockets had won six straight before the Knicks handed them a 125-123 loss. During that six game run, Westbrook put up 33 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 2.2 steals per game. All while shooting .571 from the field and .417 from three point range. Efficient and effective.

CLippers vs Rockets Trending Tactics

When you break this matchup down against the odds rather than against each other, things get even more interesting. Both teams come in without any players on the injury report, so recent history against opponents and against the spread can be relied upon to a greater extent.

Los Angeles is 33-28 against the spread this season. They’re an even 15-15 against the spread on the road. 18-22 coming off of a win.

Houston is a little worse against the spread overall. Under .500 actually. 29-31. They sit just above .500 against the spread at home, 15-14. Coming off of a loss, they’re an even 10-10. Both of these teams match up well, even against the spread.

Even though the Rockets are playing at home, the pick here is for the Clippers to come in and cover, stealing a win on the road. Both teams are ranked in the bottom 5 in the league at hitting the over, but are ranked 2 and 4 at hitting the under. So the under may be where the money is at here as well.

So, there you have it. Take the Clippers on the moneyline or to cover the spread, and hit the under on the total. Good luck!