The Rockets will play in the exact same arena tonight when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.
The first time the teams played, November 7th, 2015, a botched goaltending call with 20 seconds remaining tainted a competitive match. Down two points, Blake Griffin shot a potential game-tying shot, which Dwight Howard touched while the ball was on the rim. In the game the referees did not call the infraction rendering a replay meaningless. The NBA ruled the following day the refs missed the call.
The second time the teams played, December 19th, 2015, the Rockets dominated nearly the entire game. At one point the Rockets offensive rebounds outnumbered the entire Clipper rebounding total. However, early in the third quarter, the Clippers employed Hack-a-Howard and Foul-a-Capela to diminish the Houston lead to eleven, stirring the intentional fouling debate pot. Houston won convincingly in the end.
The Rockets have won six of their last seven games and looked pretty solid in last night’s easy win over the Lakers. James Harden led the team with 31 points, Dwight Howard added 14 points while four other players finished in double figures as the Rockets turned it on late to beat the Lakers by 112-95 at the Staple Center. With the win, Houston improves to 22-20 on the season and 9-10 on the road.
The Clippers will be looking to bounce back after having their 10-game win streaked snapped with a 110-103 loss to the Kings on Saturday. JJ Redick led the scoring with 22 points, Jamal Crawford added 20 points while Cole Aldrich had 19 points but it still wasn’t enough to get past the Kings who looked like the more desperate team. Chris Paul had a surprisingly quiet game of just 15 points and seven assists but he’ll surely bounce back as he’s averaging 20.2 points and 11.2 assists in his last give games.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games playing on zero days rest and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a win of more than 10 points, while the Clippers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight home games.