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How To Bet On Clippers Rockets – Harden, Rockets Host First Place Clippers Tuesday

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/13/2013 6:18:40 PM

James Harden and Jeremy Lin have led the way for a Houston Rockets’ team that has established itself as a legitimate contender in the Western Conference this sports betting season. Whether or not they are ready to entertain the best of the best right now is another story altogether. Houston will welcome the conference-leading Los Angeles Clippers to town this Tuesday in what could very well be a preview of the opening playoff round, and it will be important for the Rockets to defend their home court after struggling against teams from the West early on this season.

Los Angeles Clippers @ Houston Rockets
Tuesday January 15, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Sportsbook Line: Houston – 1.5

Houston is currently six games below .500 against conference opponents, the worst mark of any team seeded in the top-eight. The Rockets have relied on excellent play at home to put their selves in a postseason position, but will face their toughest test so far in their first meeting against the Clippers this season.

NBA Betting Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

It’s the blue-and-red and not the purple-and-gold that are in first place in the Western Conference standings, and while nobody predicted the Clippers would finish ahead of the Lakers this season, that is destined to be the case. Chris Paul had led a team that ranks second in the NBA in assists per game with 9.5 to go along with 17 points, while Blake Griffin has taken his game to the next level with a team-high 17.6 points to go with an average of 8.6 rebounds. Matt Barnes, Jamal Crawford, and Caron Butler have all provided scoring depth for Los Angeles, but the biggest change has been the team’s play at the defensive end, as they rank fourth in the NBA in points allowed.

NBA Betting Preview: Houston Rockets

Harden has averaged a team-high 26.5 points per game for a Houston team that leads the NBA in points per game, and while he has paced this club at the offensive end of the floor, it has helped that the Rockets rank in the top-10 in both average assists and rebounds. Lin is the other key piece that Houston added in the offseason, and he has lived up the hype with 12.3 points and a team-high 6.3 assists, but the play of Chander Parsons and Patrick Patterson has been the bigger story as they rank second and third on the Rockets in scoring respectively. Houston ranks near the bottom of the association in points allowed with an average of 103.2 against per game, so they can’t afford a letdown at the offensive end of the floor.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

For whatever reason, the Rockets have struggled to win games against conference opponents this online betting season, and now face the best from the West in the visiting Clippers this Tuesday. Los Angeles has a lot of company near the top of the standings, and that will make every game that much more important the rest of the way. The Clippers have the offensive firepower to keep up with Houston, but are the much better team at the defensive end of the floor and that is what makes them so dangerous.

NBA Betting Pick: Los Angeles Clippers

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