Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Clippers Preview

By Michael Ma

Nov 9, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) drives the ball during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Currently the 3rd and 4th seeds in the western conference, respectively, the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets face off for the 4th and final time this season with the Clippers going for the season sweep. A look at the matchup by the numbers:


The Rockets’ record this season when Jeremy Lin starts. With Patrick Beverley out indefinitely at the moment, Lin will move back to the starting point guard role, where he averaged 18.3 points a season ago against the Clippers in 3 starts.


The number of points James Harden is averaging in 3 games against the Clippers this season, while shooting just 11 percent from behind the 3-point line.


The number of points the Clippers score per game, which leads the NBA.


The number of points the Clippers are averaging per game against the Rockets this season.


Blake Griffin’s overall shooting percentage in the 3 games against the Rockets so far. Griffin is also averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds in the previous matchups.


Chris Paul is coming off of a 31-point game against the Dallas Mavericks Thursday night. In the previous matchup, Beverley held Paul to just 14 points and 9 assists, but with him out, the Rockets will search for answers in containing one of the best point guards in the NBA.

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