Houston Rockets Game Day: Final Game Before All-Star Break

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Nov 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Isaiah Canaan (0) shoots during the first quarter as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Keys To Winning:

  • It’s odd James Harden hasn’t been able to go off versus the Clippers given they don’t feature any lock down defenders from the guard position with Harden’s size and quickness. Perhaps with a bit more space to operate in the paint tonight he’ll have that opportunity. We know he’ll certainly be looking to maintain his hot scoring which has featured back to back 40+ point efforts. His last game versus L.A. produced only 14 points and he turned the ball over 5 times. A betting person would think he’ll want to take advantage of his hot streak and propel his Rockets to a win.
  • Defense of the three: Houston still rank first in 3-point attempts and makes, however LAC attempts the 6th most 3-pointers and make the 5th most at 9.8 per game.
  • Turnovers: Granted Chris Paul won’t have his favorite target available, but the Clippers still have Jordan and several capable pull up transition 3-point shooters. Los Angeles boast the 2nd fewest turnovers in the Association to the Rockets second worst mark so Houston need to control the ball and limit their turnovers.

The Pick:

Not surprisingly the odds makers have given the Clippers a 3.0 point edge. Several factors play a role is this: the Clippers record versus Houston and they are rested while Houston are playing on a back to back.

The Clippers though winners of their last game have not looked good and missing Blake Griffin who scored 30 points in their first meeting will make this a more competitive game. In addition, most teams returning from a long road trip tend to show fatigue in their first game back. For these reasons coupled with Houston wanting to get revenge for the 102-85 blow-out in November I’m taking the Rockets by 3.

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