Chris Paul will face his former team on Monday night on TNT, as the Houston Rockets visit the Los Angeles Clippers with the NBA games betting odds near a pick. The Rockets have won three straight games, while the Clippers are on a four-game winning streak. The Rockets have been winning without James Harden who is out due to injury, while the Clippers have been winning of late thanks to a favorable schedule. Let’s look at the contest and NBA picks.
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Date and Time: Monday, January 15, 2018, 10:30 p.m. ET
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG: (Check Back Later)
Rockets vs. Clippers TV Coverage: TNT
The Rockets have been winning thanks to Chris Paul playing at a high level. Paul is averaging 18.6 points per game and 9.2 assists per contest. The Rockets are 12-8 ATS on the road, with 7 games going over, 12 going under, with one push. Houston is scoring 115 points per game and giving up about 108 per contest.
The Clippers have won four straight games to get back to the .500 mark at 21-21. The Clippers have definitely taken advantage of a favorable schedule in their last ten games. They have three wins against the Kings in those ten games, one win over the Lakers, a win over the Hawks, Hornets and Grizzlies. The only quality win of late was against Golden State.
The Clippers are 11-10 against the NBA games betting odds at home, with 13 games going over and eight going under. They are scoring just over 107 points per game and giving up just under 107 per contest.
Player to Watch and Key Stats
The player to watch in this game for those betting on NBA games is obviously Chris Paul who will be facing his former team for the first time. The Rockets and Clippers met in late December, but Paul didn’t play in that game with the Clippers winning 128-118.
Houston is just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Pacific. The Clippers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games but they are just 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. the Southwest. The Under is 5-1-1 in the Rockets last 7 road games, but the Over is 5-0 in the Clippers last 5 home games. The Over is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings in this series and the Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA Games Betting Odds Picks
The NBA games betting odds on this contest should be near a pick. The Rockets are the better team and there is no question that Paul will be highly motivated to win this contest. The trends support the Clippers to some degree, but even though the Rockets are without Harden, they have the better offense. I will go with the “revenge” angle and take the Rockets in this game on Monday night. I also think there could be some value in taking the game over the total, as neither of these teams plays a lot of defense.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Houston and Over
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Rockets 115, Clippers 110