Los Angeles Clippers vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 4/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Houston Rockets
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-11.5)
The Los Angeles Clippers (42-19) go to Toyota Center on Friday where they'll take on the Houston Rockets (15-44). Los Angeles opens this matchup as 11.5-point favorites. The total opens at 222.5.
The Los Angeles Clippers took the court against the Memphis Grizzlies and walked away with a win by a score of 117-105 in their last game. Los Angeles ended with a 45.2% field goal percentage (38 of 84) and knocked down 14 of their 27 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Clippers made 27 of 36 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned 43 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 28 assists for this game as well as forcing 13 turnovers and having 4 steals. Concerning defense, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 45.2% from the floor on 38 of 84 shooting. Memphis dished out 19 dimes and had 6 steals for the contest. On top of that, Memphis totaled 42 boards (11 offensive, 31 defensive) and got 5 rejections. Memphis ended up shooting 69.6% at the charity stripe by making 16 of their 23 tries. They made 13 of 30 tries from three-point range.
Luke Kennard is one guy who had an impact for the matchup. He totaled 28 points on 10 out of 16 shooting. He played for 38:25 mins played and also snagged 7 rebounds. Kennard finished shooting 62.5% from the field and earned 2 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Clippers was Marcus Morris. He collected 4 rebounds in his 32:19 minutes played on the night. He finished the game shooting 47.4% from the field for the game via 9-of-19 (25 points). Overall, Morris earned 2 assists.
Los Angeles heads into this one with a mark of 42-19 this year. They currently have an average of 115.0 pts per contest (5th in basketball) while going 48.5% from the floor. The Clippers are shooting 42.0% on shots from downtown (882 of 2,099) and 83.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling in 44.2 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 1,495 assists on the season, which has them ranked 13th in the league in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.0 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.5 fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Clippers have forced 12.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.2 personal fouls. They currently rank 6th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,386 surrendered for the year. The Clippers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 46.4% (785 of 1,109) and they concede 41.1 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are giving up 35.8% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 5th in the NBA in PPG allowed (108.1).
In their last game, the Houston Rockets took a defeat with a final score of 112-89 when they played the Utah Jazz. The Rockets corralled 38 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards totaling 50 in this game. They also coughed it up 11 times, while getting 7 steals for the game. The Jazz committed 16 fouls in the game which got the Rockets to the charity stripe for a total of 17 tries. They were able to make 9 of those for a clip of 52.9%. In the matter of shots from downtown, Houston converted 10 of 49 attempts (20.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Rockets went 35 out of 99 from the floor which gave them a rate of 35.4%. The Rockets permitted the Jazz to convert 41 of 90 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 45.6% for this game. They shot 37.0% from 3-point land by shooting 17 of 46 and ended up going 13 out of 16 from the free throw line (81.3%). When it comes to rebounding, Houston allowed Utah to grab 61 in all (9 on the offensive side).
John Wall ended up being important for the Rockets for this contest. He made 8 out of 19 in this game giving him a rate of 42.1%, and tallied 3 rebounds. Wall earned 21 points in his 29:36 mins of playing time and accounted for 6 dimes in the matchup. Another guy that was pivotal for Houston was Christian Wood. He finished with no assists in his 30:08 mins on the court, and he put in 6 of 12 from the floor. Wood finished going 50.0% from the floor while collecting 16 points and 8 total rebounds.
Houston has a mark of 15-44 on the year. Houston has totaled 6,347 pts this year (107.6 per contest) and they average 42.5 boards per contest. The Rockets commit 19.5 fouls every game and they hit 74.0% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Rockets are shooting 44.1% from the floor, which is 29th in basketball. Their rate of earning assists is at 23.0 times per contest (25th in the NBA) and they are giving up possession 14.6 times per game. The Rockets on the defensive end are ranked 26th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 114.8. The Houston defense gives up 37.9% on three-point shots (784 of 2,068) and opponents are converting on 78.1% of their free throw attempts. They concede 25.2 dimes and 48.0 boards every game, which is 17th and 30th in basketball. They have forced 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 47.2% from the field (23rd in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Houston (+11.5) and over 222.5 points
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