Only one NBA Playoff conference semifinal series remains when the Los Angeles Clippers visit the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets in Game 7 thus Sunday afternoon.
The Clippers bounced ahead to 3-1 series lead, but that was a lifetime ago as Houston screamed back to win Game 5 by 21 points and then outscored the Clippers 40-15 in the fourth quarter en route to a 12-point Game 6 win to force Game 7.
A Closer Look At The Los Angeles Clippers Vs Houston Rockets Game 7 Odds, Betting Prediction & How To Watch
Matchup: Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets
Date: May. 17 2015
Start Time: TBA
Location: Houston, Texas
TV Info: TNT
Spread: Clippers -1.5
Game Total: 220
Stream: TNT Overtime
Radio: Los Angeles Vs Houston
Los Angeles Clippers’ Projected Game 7 Starting Lineup:
- Blake Griffin, PF 6′ 10″, 25.4 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 6.2 APG
- Matt Barnes, SF 6′ 7″, 8.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.6 APG
- DeAndre Jordan, C 6′ 11″, 12.8 PPG, 13.1 RPG, 1.2 APG
- Chris Paul, PG 6′ 0″, 21.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 8.6 APG
- J.J. Redick, SG 6′ 4″, 15.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.6 APG
Houston Rockets’ Projected Game 7 Starting Lineup:
- Terrence Jones, PF 6′ 9″, 11.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.1 APG
- Trevor Ariza, SF 6′ 8″, 12.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.8 APG
- Dwight Howard, C 6′ 11″, 17.3 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 1.4 APG
- Jason Terry, SG 6′ 2″, 9.6 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 2.0 APG
- James Harden, SG 6′ 5″, 26.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 8.0 RPG
The Rockets and the Clippers are knotted at 3-3 series with a 4-2 ATS mark favoring Los Angeles; however, Houston has won and covered the spread in the last two games of the series. All six games have gone OVER the game total.
Houston is averaging up 111.0 points per game in the postseason, best of the remaining NBA playoff teams. The Rockets have put up a scorching 124 points and 119 in their last two games respectively, including a 40 points fourth quarter in game six facing elimination, with MVP runner-up James Harden sitting on the bench. The Rockets are led by the aforementioned Harden (26.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 8.0 APG) and center Dwight Howard (17.3 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 1.3 APG). The team shoots 45.3% from the field as a team and 34.3% from the three-point line. They are allowing 112.4 points per game, by far the worst in the playoffs, but they have dominated the boards lately, averaging 51.5 rebounds per game in their last two wins.
"We kept saying, ‘We’re not going to quit,’" said Dwight Howard, who had 20 points and 21 rebounds in game six at Staples Center. "We kept believing. We never gave up on each other."
Los Angeles is averaging 109.0 points per game during the 2015 playoffs, second best amongst the teams still alive, shooting 46.8% from the field and 33.5% from three-point range. The team is led by power forward Blake Griffin (25.4 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 6.2 APG) and point guard Chris Paul (21.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 8.6 APG). The Clippers supporting cast of JJ Redick (15.8 PPG), Jamal Crawford (13.4 PPG) and DeAndre Jordan (13.3 PPG) are averaging double-digit points yet the team’s points per game average has dropped to 105 per game in the last two losses to the Rockets. This team needs to get back to basics. This tema is allowing 105.9.1 points per game in the playoffs while averaging 39.5 rebounds per game in their last two games.
"We were trying to run the clock out, and we stopped playing," said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, after the home loss in game six. "We gave this one away."
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The Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, 4-2 ATS in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 road games, and 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
The Rockets are 3-4 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games, and 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.