Clippers vs Rockets Prediction NBA Picks Today 11/17

Clippers vs Rockets Prediction NBA Picks Today 11/17

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets - Game Preview

Los Angeles, CA; Friday, 8:30 p.m. PST

Line: LAC -5.5 | Over/Under: 218.5

Introduction

The struggling LA Clippers, desperate to halt their six-game slide, face the Houston Rockets, who have been performing admirably with a 6-3 record. 

 

Team Analysis

Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets, currently fourth in the Western Conference with a 6-3 record, have been a surprise package this season. Led by the impressive Alperen Sengun, the Rockets aim to capitalize on the Clippers' struggles.

Player Spotlight: Alperen Sengun

Alperen Sengun has been a revelation for the Rockets, averaging 19.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. His dynamic play will be crucial in the Rockets' efforts to keep the game close.

Injury Update

The Rockets will miss Victor Oladipo and Amen Thompson in this game. Their absence will be a challenge, but the Rockets will look to other key players to step up.

Recent Form

The Rockets are on a six-game winning streak, displaying resilience and efficient teamwork. Their recent victories include impressive wins against the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans.

 

Los Angeles Clippers

The LA Clippers find themselves in a tough spot with a 3-7 record and a six-game losing streak. The absence of key players and poor performances have plagued the Clippers, making this game crucial for a turnaround.

Player Spotlight: Paul George

Paul George remains a shining star for the Clippers, averaging 24.7 points per game. However, he needs more support from the team to turn the tide and secure a victory.

Injury Update

The Clippers will be without Brandon Boston Jr. and Mason Plumlee. Overcoming these absences is essential for the Clippers to get back on the winning track.

Recent Results

The Clippers have faced tough competition in their recent games, but their struggles have continued. A loss to the Denver Nuggets in the last game highlighted the need for improvement.

 

Prediction

Despite the Clippers being favorites with a -5.5 points spread, the Rockets' impressive form and the Clippers' struggles suggest a closely contested game. The Rockets, fueled by Sengun's brilliance, are poised to capitalize on the Clippers' vulnerabilities, making it likely that they cover the +5.5 points spread.

LA Clippers are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.

Pick: Houston Rockets +5.5 -110

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