Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 1/15/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Sunday, January 15, 2023
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+10)
The Houston Rockets are headed to Crypto.com Arena on Sunday where they will go up against the Los Angeles Clippers. Houston opens this game as 10-point underdogs. The betting total is set at 232.
The Rockets stepped onto the hardwood against the Kings and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 139-114 in their last game. Houston ended the game with a 47.3% field goal percentage (43 of 91) and converted 12 of their 37 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Rockets converted 16 of 25 attempts for a rate of 64.0%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they earned 34 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 23 assists in the game in addition to forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and getting 10 steals. In relation to the defense, Houston allowed 54.7% from the field on 47 of 86 shooting. Sacramento recorded 34 assists and had 10 steals for the matchup. Furthermore, Sacramento had 46 boards (14 offensive, 32 defensive) and earned 4 rejections. Sacramento finished the contest at 86.2% at the free throw line by burying 25 of 29 shots. They also made 20 out of their 40 attempts from beyond the arc. With respect to fouls, the Rockets ended up finishing with 24 while the Kings finished the game with 19 fouls.
Jalen Green is one player who was a contributor in the matchup. He totaled 27 points on 10 of 21 shooting. He saw the court for 33 mins and totaled 2 rebounds. Green finished shooting 47.6% from the field and also earned 2 dimes.
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Houston enters this one with a win-loss record of 10-31 on the season. They have an average of 109.3 pts per contest (28th in the NBA) while shooting 44.4% from the field. The Rockets are hitting 33.2% on three-point shots (493 of 1,487) and 76.2% from the charity stripe. As a team, Houston is grabbing 46.5 boards per game and is sitting with 924 assists for the season, which is 30th in the league in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 16.9 times per game and as a team are committing 20.8 fouls per contest.
Defensively, the Rockets are able to force 14.0 turnovers per game while drawing 21.5 fouls. They are currently ranked 21st in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,086 relinquished for the year. The Rockets defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 47.4% (1,755 of 3,699) and they surrender 42.3 rebounds per game as a squad. They are surrendering 36.7% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 24th in basketball in opponents points per game (116.9).
The last time they took the court, the Clippers took a loss by a final score of 115-103 when they faced the Nuggets. With respect to cleaning the glass, Los Angeles allowed Denver to collect 43 in total (10 on the offensive side). They shot 42.4% from three-point range by hitting 14 out of 33 and walked away from this one shooting 19 out of 25 from the free throw line (76.0%). The Clippers permitted the Nuggets to convert 41 of their 82 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 50.0% in the matchup. When the game finished, the Clippers shot 41 for 87 from the floor which had them sitting at 47.1%. Regarding 3-point shots, Los Angeles knocked down 10 out of 29 tries (34.5%). They were able to make 11 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 78.6%. The Nuggets committed 11 fouls for this game which got the Clippers to the free throw line for a total of 14 attempts. They also coughed it up 12 times, while earning 6 steals in the matchup. The Clippers collected 32 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 43 for this contest.
Kawhi Leonard ended up being a major contributor for the Clippers in the matchup. Leonard recorded 24 points in his 38 minutes on the hardwood and had 4 assists for this contest. He made 10 out of 20 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 50.0%, and added 8 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a mark of 22-21 so far this year. In terms of offensive execution, the Clippers are hitting on 46.1% from the field, which is ranked 23rd in basketball. Los Angeles has earned 4,800 points on the year (109.1 per game) and they pull in 44.2 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 22.8 times per game (25th in the league) and they turn it over 14.9 times per game. The Clippers commit 19.8 personal fouls every game while shooting 76.3% from the charity stripe.
The Los Angeles defense surrenders 34.3% on 3-pointers (513 of 1,497) and opponents are connecting on 77.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 24.1 dimes and 43.7 boards per contest, which ranks them 10th and 16th in the league. The Clippers on defense are ranked 4th in the league in points given up per game with 110.1. They have forced 13.1 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.2% from the field (5th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston (+10)
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