Friday, December 30, 2016
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The Los Angeles Clippers travel to Toyota Center to play the Houston Rockets on Friday, December 30, 2016. The opening line for this matchup has Houston as 2 point favorites and the total is set at 222. The Clippers come into this game with an overall record of 22-12. They are 2nd in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of 6.7 as they are averaging 108.4 points per game while giving up 101.6 per contest. The Rockets have an overall record of 24-9. They currently are 2nd in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 113.8 points per game and surrendering 106.4, good for a point differential of 7.3.
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DeAndre Jordan comes into this contest averaging 11.5 points per game while playing 31.7 minutes per night so far this season for the Clippers. He pulls down 13.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 0.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 66% while his free throw percentage is currently at 54%. Chris Paul averages 17.7 points per game in 31.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 9.5 assists per contest and 5.3 rebounds per game for Los Angeles. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 88%.
James Harden averages 27.7 points per game while playing 36.3 minutes per contest this year for the Rockets. He grabs 7.8 rebounds per game and has 11.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 84%. Eric Gordon averages 17.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.6 rebounds per contest and 2.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Los Angeles averages 108.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 6.7 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 8th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 6th in the league. They average 52.6 rebounds per game and 22.3 assists per game which ranks them 14th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 8th with 13 per game. The Clippers allow 101.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 8th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 6th and 14th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 51.6 rebounds a game which ranks 13th and they give up 21.2 assists per contest which puts them in 6th place in the league. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 16th in the league.
Houston averages 113.8 points per game this year which ranks them 2nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is 7.3 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 5th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 5th in the NBA. They average 53.6 rebounds per game and 25.5 assists per contest which ranks them 9th and 2nd respectively. In the turnover department the Rockets rank 26th with 16.1 per game. The Rockets allow 106.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 16th and 22nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 51.1 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 21.7 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. The Rockets force 14.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 10th in the NBA.
The Clippers have an offensive rating of 111.9 and a defensive rating of 105. In terms of pace they average 96.2 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 53%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they shoot 3 pointers on 32% of their shots. Los Angeles turns the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions and they force 13 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%.
The Rockets rating on offense is 115 and they have a defensive rating of 107.6. They get 98 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 55%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 59% and they attempt 3 pointers on 45% of their shot attempts. Houston turns the ball over on 14.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.2 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Los Angeles Clippers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Clippers are 16-18-0 against the spread
The Los Angeles Clippers are 21-13-0 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 22-11-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 18-15-0 against the over/under
Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
12/29/16 G J.J. Redick Hamstring "?" Friday vs. Houston
12/19/16 F Blake Griffin Knee expected to miss 3-6 weeks
12/19/16 F Brice Johnson Back out indefinitely
Houston Rockets Injuries
12/27/16 PG Patrick Beverley Quad "?"
12/19/16 C Clint Capela Fibula out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Houston -2
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