In a series that could very well pick right back up in the post season, these two will have their last regular season game. It is a huge game for the Rockets because they have such high hopes for this year’s post season that they need to get this win, it´s almost a must. As good as the Rockets are every teams has that one opponent that no matter how hard you play you cannot seem to catch a break.
The Clippers have beaten Houston in all three previous games, on average by double digits which makes things even more complicated. This Clippers teams however is coming off one of their more depressing home losses of the year as they feel short to the last place Pelicans. The Clipper are fighting for the best seed they can get, losses like that only hurt them in the long run. I am sure that they might be a little frustrated with that last game so the Rockets will really have to put everything they have into this game if they want to come out on top.
The Rockets cannot afford to get swept by another playoff team, that simply holds too much weight come playoff time and opponents use that as jet fuel before a game. I want to see more of the Howard/Harden combo, these two guys are the back bone of this team but they seem to have been playing off one another recently instead of together, I think they will have to get their defense down and really stop this Clippers teams from scoring so easily under the rim.
Pick: I like the Clippers but this time I don’t think they will cover, I think they will make this a close game and lose by a few points. Take the Rockets +5.5 in this game, I see them covering.