With the NBA Playoffs for the Western Conference moving to the 7th Game of Round 2, as apparently six games were not sufficient to determine a winner, so with this 7th game all will be settled as to whom between the No. 3 seed Clippers of Los Angeles (30-11 at home) playing at the No. 2 seed Rockets of Houston (26-15 on the road) with the Series tied at 3-3 and this 7th Game to be played at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas with the tip-off scheduled for 1:40 PM ET with the winner moving on to the Western Conference Finals.
The Vegas betting odds are favoring the Clippers of Los Angeles in this 2nd Game at -2 on the Point Spread with the Total 219 ½ and -130 on the Money Line, while the Rockets of Houston are +2 on the Point Spread and +110 on the Money Line.
Previewing the previous 6 game of this 7 Game Series, the 1st Game was in Houston with the Clippers winning the game by 16 points 117-101. The 2nd game was also in Houston and the Rockets beat the clippers by 6 points 115-109 tying the Series at 1-1. Then the 3rd Game was played in L.A. with the Clippers beating the Rockets by 25 points 124-99 and taking the lead in the Series 2-1. The 4th Game also played in L.A. saw the Clippers beat the Rockets by 33 points 128-95. In the 5th Game in Houston the Rockets beat the Clippers by 21 points 124- 103. The 6th Game in L.A. preceding this Final 7th Game the Rockets beat the Clippers by 12 points 119-107 and tied the Series at 3-3 and now the high pressured Final Game for the 2nd Round of the Western Conference moves to Houston on this Sunday the 17th of May 2015.
The questions in this Final Game 7 are; will the Rockets complete a Series comeback and win the Final Game 7 and the Series, or will the Clippers avoid collapsing again in this Game and win the Series?
For the fans of the Clippers of L.A. and who Bet on NBA hoops at SBG Global or other similar online betting sites, your Clipper were certainly stunned in that Game 6. They were leading by some 13 points as they began the 4th quarter, and they appeared to be closing out on this game to win the Series, but they collapsed and allowed the Rockets to outscore them in the 4th quarter to lose the game 119-107. Actually, until that collapse in the 4th quarter, they played an excellent game as the team made 24 of their 49 field goal attempts for a 49.2% from the field, then in that final 4th only made 4 of their 22 field goal attempts for a 18.3% on field goals.
If the Clippers are to win this Final Game 7 they cannot afford another offensive collapse, and their shooting stars in C. Paul, Griffin and J. Redick, who in the previous games have been the top scorers, so they have to consistently complete their shots, and keep the Rockets home fans from being a factor. Add to that the Clippers have to also control the boards as they were out rebounded 60 to 41 in that Game 6. The Clippers in their last 10 games they played against the Rockets in Houston, they are 7 to 3 against the spread.
For the Fans of the Rockets of Houston, your team prove they are still alive and kicking as after a high score loss in Game 3 and then the loss in Game 4 also to the Clippers, your Rockets came alive and won the 5th and 6th game which gave them the chance to play this 7th Game at home in Houston. In the previous 10 home games for the Rockets they are 7 and 3 against the spread and 8 and 2 straight up.
Their outstanding win in the 6th Game was result of their role players (J. Smith & C. Brewer) who some say had missile fuel in their blood as the two combined in the 4th quarter for 29 points and both had 19 points apiece for the game.
But for the Rockets to win this 7th game and the Series they need J. Harden to play at his best, as his team will go as far as Harden can take them, and if he stutters, normally the team follows. Then if Brewer with 34 point in the last 2 games, and Smith with 28 points in those same 2 games play similar games as they did in game 5 & 6 that also will be a big help in the scoring.
The experts from the Media like the Clippers of L.A. in this game and predict the Clippers will beat the Rockets by some 4 points 109-105!