Site: Staples Center – Los Angeles
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 11 – 10:35 PM ET
Spread: Clippers -3.5
Total: 213 points
The Houston Rockets fully intend to take a head of steam into the All-Star break, but if that is to happen they will have to get the job done on the road for the second consecutive night, as they pay a visit to the Los Angeles Clippers in NBA betting action at the Staples Center in a Wednesday night ESPN game that tips off at 10:35 PM ET. For those folks making use of Live Betting Extra at Vietbet, that’s when the wagering begins, as props are offered while the game is taking place.
First things first – there is the injury situation to consider. Dwight Howard, who has a knee injury, is out for the Rockets, while Blake Griffin, who just underwent surgery on his right elbow, is gone for at least three to four weeks for the Clippers. In addition to that, James Harden, who has had 85 points and 21 rebounds in his last two games (against Phoenix and Portland) hurt his elbow, but is listed as probable for Wednesday night’s action.
Both of these teams are battling – between themselves and with others – for playoff position in the Western Conference. Neither of them leads their division; Houston is three games in back of the Memphis Grizzlies in the Southwest, while the Clippers trail the Golden State Warriors by 8.5 games in the Pacific. The Rockets, at 36-16 (30-21-1 ATS) and priced at +950 at Vietbet to win the conference title, has the third-best record in the West, while Los Angeles, at 34-19 straight-up (21-32 against the NBA betting odds) is 2.5 games behind Houston in the playoff queue, but the Clippers are in sixth place, That’s how tight the whole thing is.
What the Clippers have to be concerned about most of all is how they are going to get inside points without Griffin, who is very dynamic in the paint. Center DeAndre Jordan is the league’s leader in rebounding (13.7 per game) and field goal percentage (72.5%), but his range is extremely limited. Nonetheless, the Clips broke a four-game losing streak (both straight-up and against the basketball betting odds) last time out against Dallas, as they got 22 points and 27 rebounds out of Jordan, 25 from Chris Paul, and 22 off the bench from Jamal Crawford in the process of blasting Dallas.
Vietbet patrons saw these teams play once this season, with the Rockets, playing without Howard, hitting only 39% of their shots at home in a 102-85 Los Angeles win. The Rockets have now gone 6-3 straight-up and against the NBA betting odds when playing without their star big man. Meanwhile, the Clippers have not been a value at home, with an 11-16 ATS mark. These clubs heave a lot of three-pointers between them (59, in fact, per game), but Houston allows just 32% shooting from beyond the arc. They seem rather adept at making things happen without “Superman” in the lineup. Can the Clippers continue to produce without Griffin?
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CHARLES JAY, a contributor to BangTheBook.com, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.