The surprising Spur-killing Los Angeles Clippers are on the road visiting the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in game 5 of their best-of-seven series. The game tips off at 9:30 pm ET and will be televised live on TNT. Current Las Vegas NBA Playoff betting odds have the Clippers listed as 2-point favorites while the total is set at a whopping 219.
The Clippers are in uncharted waters after winning back-to-back games at home to take a 3-1 lead against the Rockets. Can the "other" LA basketball team close out the seven-game NBA playoff betting series tonight?
"I love where we’re at, but the series isn’t over," said head coach Doc Rivers. "We’ve got to keep playing. We’ve got to finish. They’re not going to just get out of our way, so we have to keep playing. We have to keep trusting."
Clippers are 1 game away from reaching Conference Finals. They have NEVER reached that point in franchise history. pic.twitter.com/NiG20sz6uf
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 11, 2015
A Closer Look At The Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets Game 5 Spread, Prediction & TV Info
Matchup: Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets
Date: May. 12 2015
Start Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Houston, Texas
TV Info: TNT
Spread: Clippers -2
Game Total: 219
Stream: TNT Overtime
Radio: Los Angeles Vs Houston
Los Angeles Clippers Projected Starting Lineup:
- Blake Griffin, PF 6′ 10", 24.7 PPG, 13.0 RPG, 6.9 APG
- Matt Barnes, SF 6′ 7", 8.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.6 APG
- DeAndre Jordan, C 6′ 11", 13.3 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 1.3 APG
- Chris Paul, PG 6′ 0", 20.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 8.2 APG
- J.J. Redick, SG 6′ 4", 15.8 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.5 APG
Houston Rockets Projected Starting Lineup:
- Terrence Jones, PF 6′ 9", 11.1 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 APG
- Trevor Ariza, SF 6′ 8", 11.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.8 APG
- Dwight Howard, C 6′ 11", 16.7 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 1.4 APG
- Jason Terry, SG 6′ 2", 9.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 2.0 APG
- James Harden, SG 6′ 5", 26.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 8.3 RPG
The Clippers average 109.0 points per game during this year’s postseason, best amongst the teams still alive, while shooting 47.8% from the field and 35.7% from three-point range. The Clippers are led by power forward Blake Griffin (24.7 PPG, 13.0 RPG, 6.9 APG) and point guard Chris Paul (20.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 8.2 APG), but support players JJ Redick (15.8 PPG), Jamal Crawford (13.4 PPG) and DeAndre Jordan (13.3 PPG) are averaging double digit points every night. L.A. allows 103.1 points per game with opponents shooting percentage at 43.9 from the field and throw in an average of 45.2 rebounds per game.
Austin Rivers crosses over Dwight Howard and drives in for the layup… Too smooth. VIDEO: http://t.co/KqV9JZ1XzX
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 11, 2015
"We’ve got to go there, be hungry," said Chris Paul. "In this situation, you can’t give teams confidence, you can’t give them life. We know they’re going to come out ready in Game 5. We’ve got to stay the hungrier team."
Houston is putting up 109.0 points per game, tied with the Clippers as best in the 2015 playoffs, but they have averaged just 102.5 points per game in the four games they have played in this series against Los Angeles. The Rockets also shoot 44.6% from the field, 33.9% from the three-point line. Houston is led by MVP runner-up point guard James Harden (26.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 8.3 APG) and center Dwight Howard (16.7 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 1.4 APG). They are allowing 114.2 points per game in the playoffs, the worst in the postseason. However, the Rockets have been allowing 119.5 PPG in this series against the Clippers. Houston is pulling down 45.4 rebounds per game.
“We’ve got to stay focused on getting stops,” said Rockets guard James Harden, who is averaging 24.5 points in the four games. “When we do get an opportunity to attack, (we have to) take advantage of it.”
"This is the ultimate adversity right now," Rockets James Harden added.
Looking back at the Brew block. https://t.co/E7jbtWKTTa
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) May 9, 2015
The Clippers are 10-27-1 ATS in their last 38 Tuesday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5 points, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Conference Semifinals games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 road games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 playoff games as a favorite and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
The Rockets are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games following a SU loss, 37-18 ATS in their last 55 Tuesday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, 24-9 ATS in their last 33 games following an ATS loss, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning SU record.