As the Western Conference Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs winds down we are facing the 6th Game of this 7 Game Series with the No.2 seed Rockets of Houston playing the No. 3 seed Clippers of Los Angeles with the Clippers leading this series 3-2 as they play this 6th Game on Thursday the 14th of May 2015 with the game being played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California with the tip-off scheduled for 10:40 PM ET and seen on ESPN TV.
The Vegas odds makers have the Clippers of L.A. listed as the early favorites in this game at -8 on the Point Spread and the Total set at 219 ½ and -360 on the Money Line, with the Rockets of Houston at +8 for the Point Spread and +300 on the Money Line. After this Game 6 the 7th and Final Game if needed will be played in Houston on Sunday the 17th on May 2015 with the Clippers visiting the Rockets.
So let’s have a review of the 5 games to date of this Western Conference 7 Game Series, starting with the 1st Game played in Houston as the Clippers beat the Rockets by 16 points 117-101. The 2nd Game was also played in Houston and the Rockets beat the Clippers by 6 points 116-109 and tied the series 1-1. The 3rd Game moved to L.A. as the Clippers beat the Rockets by 25 points 124-99 and taking a 2-1 lead in the Series. The 4th Game was also played in L.A. as the Clippers beat the Rockets by 33 points at 128-95 and took the 3-1 lead in the Series. With the 5th Game back in Houston the Bulls came alive and beat the Rockets by 21 points and the Clippers now lead the series 3-2 going into this 6th game back in Los Angeles.
Had the Rockets not found their offensive live in that 5th Game the series would have been over for Houston as they won on their home court to stay alive, trailing in the serried 2-3 to L.A.
For those that Bet on NBA at an Offshore sportsbook or similar betting sites and are fans of the Rockets of Houston, the flu did not seem to affect the star of the game J. Harden as finished the game with a triple double with 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 26 points, while teammate D. Howard had 15 rebounds and scored 20 points in this crucial win for the Rockets, and now they have another crucial stay alive game in this Game 6. The balance of the Rockets players also assisted in this their most important game of the season to date.
If the Rockets are to win this 6th Game they have to continue to be aggressive in their inside attacks at the hoop as they did in the 5th Game scoring some 65 points in the paint as they call it. But if they don’t they will be returning to Houston, and not to play Game 7. In road games during the 2015 NBA Playoffs the Rockets are 0-4 straight up as well as against the spread.
Then the Clippers of Los Angeles fans must be proud of your team after back to back wins over the Rockets, but then they let the 1st chance to win the series slip away as they played very sloppy in that Game 5 as from 3-point range they shot only 26% and on field goals only 42 %, plus they were out rebounded 39-58 by the Rockets. The Rockets 2 players that starred in their 2 home games in the series only combined in game 5 for 18 points. In the 2 home game Redick scored 49 points as he was 67% from the field. Then Rives in those 2 games of the bench scored some 37 points and shot 68% on field goal attempts. So if they have another excellent home game and C. Paul and B. Griffin play their normal great games, the Clippers could easily win the Game 6. Remember the Clippers in their ultimate 10 home games this season against the Rockets they are 7 and 3 against the spread. The experts predict the Clippers there fore will begin the game at a fast pace but the Rocket will stage a rally late in the game for the win, tie the series at 3 to 3 and return to Houston for the final 7th Game of this Series.