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NBA Odds — Clippers Go After Third Win Over Rockets on Wednesday

Only a game separates the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference standings, but there has actually been a world of difference between the two sides when they have gone head-to-head this season. On Wednesday night the Rockets will try to reverse their luck against the Clippers in NBA betting action at the Staples Center that is scheduled to begin at 10:35 PM Eastern time.

The rockets are 39-18 straight up, and that is the same record as the Portland Trail Blazers. Both of those teams are behind only the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs in the West. But the Clippers are right behind Houston and Portland, with the 39-20 straight up ledger, which means that they can move into a virtual tie with Houston with a victory on Wednesday night. They have so far pulled off to rather easy victories when these teams have met, although those encounters took place early in the campaign.

In the NBA odds that have been posted at Bookmaker on this matchup, the Clippers find themselves laying some points:

Los Angeles Clippers -5.5
Houston Rockets +5.5

Over 222.5 points -110
Under 222.5 points -110

The Clippers have won seven of their last eight meetings against the Rockets. These clubs met at Staples on November 4, and Houston had a very hard time keeping Los Angeles off the scoreboard, allowing 78 points in the first half and missing fourteen free throws in a 137-118 defeat, which allowed the Clippers to cover is a 5.5-point favorite against the NBA odds. Houston was not able to make the necessary adjustments five days later when they play host to the Clippers, and blew a nine-point halftime lead while losing by thirteen (107-94).

The Rockets are playing much better basketball now, having won ten of their last 11 games. They are coming from a game last night which took place in Sacramento, but it was so easy that none of the starters was overtaxed. When you get off to a 42-17 first-quarter lead, you’re able to afford the luxury of resting people. James Harden, the high-scoring guard, set out the entire fourth quarter, but not before he put 43 points on the board. As a four-point favorite, the outcome was really never in doubt from the standpoint of the NBA odds, with the final score 129-103. Houston shot just below 57% from the field, which marked the seventh time in the last 10 games they have hit more than half their shots. However, Bookmaker customers considering the Rockets in this game have to be a little concerned about the 41 turnovers they have committed over these last two contests.

There were some basketball bettors worried about whether the Clippers could bounce back the next day after scoring one of their more significant victories of the season on Sunday over the Oklahoma City Thunder, a 125-117 road win where they shot just below 52% from the floor. But upon traveling to New Orleans, they thrashed the Pelicans 123-110 and shot with almost precisely the same degree of accuracy. It is impressive how they maintained their focus, and some of that has to be attributed to coach Doc Rivers, who was in his first year in Los Angeles after having coach the Boston Celtics. One of Rivers’ former Boston players has just come aboard and may be available for the first time. Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who had been with the Orlando Magic but was bought out, has been signed and will bolster a front line that already matches up very well with Dwight Howard & Co., so the Clippers look like they’re in pretty good shape.

If you are betting the total at Bookmaker, one thing you may want to take into consideration is the fact that the Clippers have plate eight of their last nine games over the posted number in the NBA odds. They average over 111 points at home, so you know they are not bothered at all by the fast pace at which the Rockets like to play.

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