Rockets Vs Clippers NBA Betting Odds, Free Pick & How To Watch

James Harden and the Houston Rockets will be in Los Angeles today to take on Chris Paul and the Blake Griffin-less Clippers

Rockets Vs Clippers NBA Betting Odds, Free Pick & How To Watch

The Rockets head to Hollywood to take on the Clippers before finishing a road back-to-back before the All-Star break.

James Harden and the Houston Rockets will be in Los Angeles today to take on Chris Paul and the Blake Griffin-less Clippers at 10:30 PM ET at the Staples Center.

The home town Clippers are 3.5 point favorites over the Rockets, while the game total has been set at 213 by the NBA betting oddsmakers.

Analyzing the Houston Rockets Vs Los Angeles Clippers NBA Betting Odds & My Free Pick

Without any support from his teammates, Rockets’ shooting guard James Harden is playing the best basketball of his young NBA career, and the Southern California native should be energized when playing at the Stapes Center in LA.

Rockets’s big man Dwight Howard has been sidelined by a right knee injury since the last week of January, and he won’t be participating in any of the festivities during the NBA’s upcoming All-Star Weekend.

As the solo show, Harden scored 45 points in Sunday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and came back with 40 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in Tuesday’s win at the Phoenix Suns. He’ll be facing a Clippers squad that’s without oop in the Clippers alley-oop duo of Chirs Paul and Blake Griffin, who underwent surgery Monday for a staph infection in his elbow.

The Clippers have split the two games since Griffin was sidelined, and the team’s leading scorer is expected to be sidelined at least three more weeks. Griffin had 30 points and 10 rebounds when the Clippers went to Houston and beat the Rockets by 17 points on Nov. 28 during the early stages of a nine-game winning streak.

Matchup: Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Feb. 11, 2015 
Start Time: 10:30 p.m. ET 
Location: Los Angeles, California
Stadium: STAPLES Center
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio:  Houston Vs  Los Angeles
Point Spread: Clippers -3.5
Game Total: 213

In the second of four regular season games of the head-to-head series, the Houston Rockets will try to avenge their double-digit loss in the first meeting of the year when the Clippers embarrassed the Rockets 102-85 at the Toyota Center in Houston. Griffen led the way with 30 points and ten rebounds.

"I tried to be more aggressive early — getting to the lane," Griffin said. "We just did a good job of moving the ball early. Even though they were banged up, I thought it was a good test for us."

The Clippers were 4.5 point road favorites in that tilt and covered the NBA betting spread.

Los Angeles has been a good NBA betting pick against Houston over the last few seasons, covering the spread in the last five games in a row; three of those five matches were at the Staples Center. The last time the Rockets won against the Clippers in Los Angeles was back in the 2010 season; they have lost the last six visits.

The Clippers (33-19 SU, 20-32 ATS) have the third best offense in the NBA averaging 106.5 points per game, but their defense ranks 21st with 100.9 PPG. They are also 24th in rebounding and 3rd in assists. Griffin leads the team in scoring with 22.5 PPG, follow by Chris Paul, who averages 17.7 points, 9.6 assists and 1.92 steals per game.

The Rockets (35-16 SU, 29-22 ATS) rank 7th in points scored, averaging 102.8 per game, and 13th in points allowed (99.2 PPG), 15th in rebounding and assists. Point guard James Harden leads the team with 27.5 points per game and 6.8 assists.

Houston is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, and 13-12 ATS away from home.

Los Angeles is 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall, 13-27 ATS in their last 40 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, and 11-16 ATS at home.

NBA Free Pick: Rockets 97-99 Clippers.