• J.A. Cavalier


Clippers @ Rockets (LAC -11.5, 221)


The Clippers start a three-game road swing

looking for their fourth straight victory and 11th

in their last 12 games. L.A. will do so without

Kawhi Leonard who will miss his seventh game

in the last eight. He’s not the only one.

As the Clippers attempt to beat Houston for the

second time this season, L.A. will be without Patrick

Beverley again as well as Serge Ibaka, Rajon Rondo,

and Reggie Jackson. There is also the possibility that

Paul George will be rested tonight.

Regardless, the Clippers still have enough to handle

the Rockets who have even more players on the injury

report. The Rockets will be without Kevin Porter Jr.,

Sterling Brown, Eric Gordon, D.J. Augustin, and the list

goes on.

Houston has lost seven of its last eight. That streak

started with a loss to the Clippers. The Rockets lost to

Utah on Wednesday night 112-89. It was the third game

in their last four that Houston failed to score 100 points.

It’s hard to score points with much of your roster on the

bench. Houston ranks just 25th in the league in scoring

averaging 107.6 points per game.

Because of a lack of scoring, the total in the last two

Rockets’ games has gone Under. For the Clippers, four

of the past five have gone Under. Don’t forget, the

Clippers are a top-5 defense ranking fifth in points allowed

per game at 108.1.

And, don’t forget Houston ranks 29th in shooting

percentage (44.1%) and is dead last in three-point shooting

percentage (33.4%).

With the number of scorers out of this game, the ability

of the Clippers to defend, and the poor shooting of the

Rockets; it makes a ton of sense to play the Under in this one.

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