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Rockets vs Clippers: Houston to win low-scoring clash

Kick-off: 0100, 06/03/2020

Stadium: Toyota Center

TV: Sky Sports

A huge clash in the Western Conference sees two high-flyers face off as the Houston Rockets host the Los Angeles Clippers at the Toyota Center.

The Clippers sit in second, behind arch-rivals the Lakers, while Houston are just three games behind their visitors in fourth in a congested table.

Both teams come into the contest in fine form, with the Rockets winning seven of their last eight home matches, while Doc Rivers’ visitors have won five straight in all arenas.

The head-to-head record in recent years has been tight, with each side winning five apiece from the last 10 contests.

However, when Houston defeat Los Angeles, they usually win by a decent margin!

Mike D’Antoni’s side have claimed their last nine wins against LA by five or more points and they are 31/20 to do so again in our first Rockets vs Clippers prediction.

A Look At Houston Rockets’ Betting Odds

A shock defeat at struggling New York Knicks ended Houston’s six-game winning run and they will be determined to right the wrongs of that display, as the Rockets lead Dallas Mavericks in seventh by just 2.5 games.

A home play-off place is paramount for D’Antoni’s outfit, who have a record of 21-8 at the Toyota Center, while this drifts to 18-13 on the road.

They are the second-highest scorers in the NBA, only behind Eastern Conference leaders Milwaukee Bucks, and have the most prolific player in the division in the form of James Harden.

The eight-time NBA All-Star averages 34.9 points per match, way above Bradley Beal, who is at 30.4 in second.

That has contributed to some huge scores for the Rockets, with fellow star man Russell Westbrook also impressing.

However, although Houston average 120.0 points at home, they have struggled to reach that mark against the Clippers at this venue.

Since the turn of the century, the Rockets have scored 119 or more points in just one of their last 36 home meetings.

Looking at the Rockets vs Clippers odds, Houston are 87/100 to be kept under 118.5 points and recent history suggests this will be a shoo-in.

A Look At Los Angeles Clippers’ Betting Odds

The Clippers are on course to secure a home play-off but will need to maintain their encouraging form in an action-packed top seven in the Western Conference.

The Lakers lead their city rivals by 5.5 games in the standings, but there is less than that separating the Clippers and Dallas in seventh.

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have starred for Rivers’ side since joining in the summer and the former will be hoping to defend the NBA crown he won with Toronto Raptors last season.

This match-up produces either entertaining thrillers or low-scoring battles and we believe it will be the latter on this occasion.

Seven of the last 10 matches at Houston between the two teams have registered less than 230 points, which is usually a high mark in the NBA anyway.

However, bwin are offering a generous 27/20 for under 231.5 total match points at the Toyota Center, which completes our Rockets vs Clippers betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

New York 125-123 ROCKETS

Oklahoma 94-109 CLIPPERS

Head-to-head: Clippers 117-122 Rockets, Clippers 122-119 Rockets, Rockets 102-93 Clippers

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