The Los Angeles Clippers travel to Houston for a possible playoff preview on Thursday night. The Rockets have won two of their first three meetings in this series, including a 122-117 victory at the Staples Center in December. The Gold Sheet offers their Rockets vs. Clippers preview:
Date/Time: 03-5-2020, 19:00 EDT
Opening Spread: Rockets -1
Opening Total: 237
Russell Westbrook took the baton for the Rockets that night in December and scored 40 points, dealing the Clips one of their only five losses in 24 games with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Patrick Beverley all available at the same time. Since then, the Rockets have sped things up a bit more by adding Robert Covington from the Wolves and shipping out Clint Capela, as Mike D’Antoni has now fully embraces small-ball style. Results have been positive with six wins in their last seven games, and with Covington on the floor, Houston has a +12.9 rating. Best of all is that defense has improved lately, too, rankling 13th in the league over a recent six-game stretch with Covington, which is good enough to not prove a hindrance come playoff time.
Houston Rockets vs. LA Clippers Pick: Houston 120 – LA Clippers 113
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