Los Angeles Clippers vs Houston Rockets: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch – Clippers vs Rockets

What: LA Clippers at Houston Rockets

Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX

When: Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 7:30 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): ESPN, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, AT&T Sportsnet – Southwest | AM 570 LA Sports, 790 KBME & 740 KTRH / 850 KEYH & 101.7 FM

LA Clippers (Away)

Head Coach: Doc Rivers {All-Time 901-661 | ORL, BOS, LAC}

Season Record: 7-3

Projected Starting Five: (G) Patrick Beverly – (G) Lou Williams – (F) Kawhi Leonard – (F) Patrick Patterson – (C) Ivica Zubac

Top Performers

  • (F) Kawhi Leonard – 31.4 MPG | 26.9 PPG | 8.5 RPG | 5.9 APG
  • (G) Lou Williams – 31.9 MPG | 22.3 PPG | 5.6 APG | .347 3P%
  • (C) Montrezl Harrell – 29.5 MPG | 19.8 PPG | 7.1 RPG | 1.2 BPG

The LA Clippers are coming off of one of their toughest wins of the season, as they took down a short-handed, but incredibly dangerous Toronto Raptors team. While the Clippers struggled across the board, a late Raptors shooting slump sealed LA’s victory.

With Paul George projected to come back on Thursday, rather than against the Rockets, LA is expected to be more shorthanded with Shamet out. Kawhi Leonard was dreadful from the field, but contributed excellent playmaking, despite incredible pressure with nine assists and nine turnovers.

The Clippers don’t get a break as they face off against the Houston Rockets. James Harden and Russell Westbrook are as dangerous as ever. Kawhi Leonard can’t afford such a showing slump against those MVP-calibre players.

Houston Rockets (Home)

Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni {All-Time 635-502 | DEN, PHX, NYK, LAL, HOU}

Projected Starting Five: (G) Russell Westbrook – (G) James Harden – (F) Danuel House – (F) PJ Tucker – (C) Clint Capela

Season Record: 7-3

Top Performers

  • (G) James Harden – 35.7 MPG | 37.3 PPG | 5.4 RPG | 8.3 APG
  • (G) Russell Westbrook – 33.0 MPG | 21.9 PPG | 8.8 RPG | 7.4 APG
  • (C) Clint Capela – 30.0 MPG | 13.5 PPG | 11.7 RPG | 2.2 BPG

The Houston Rockets have the chance to measure themselves against one of the NBA’s best. After a difficult start to the season, the Rockets have begun to round into form.

After winning their last four games against who are likely to be lottery fodder, the Rockets face off against a championship contender. While the Rockets will be missing key pieces in Eric Gordon and Gerald Green, the Clippers will be hobbled themselves.

While the pieces aren’t there any longer, this rivalry is still fresh in the mind of NBA fans. They are tied in the Western Conference table, so the winner will fly up the board while the loser will have ground to make up.

What’s at Stake for Clippers vs Rockets?

The LA Clippers and the Houston Rockets don’t own a lengthy rivalry but have met a number of times in NBA history. In 137 regular-season meetings, the Rockets lead the Clippers 86-51.

A win for the LA Clippers would send them to the top of the Western Conference, barring a loss by the Lakers or Nuggets.

A win for the Houston Rockets would help them into the top of the Western Conference, sending them above the LA Clippers in the rankings.

Questions to Answer

Can the LA Clippers match Houston’s firepower?

Can the Houston Rockets overcome the Clippers’ stifling defense?

We are going to compare the LA Clippers and the Houston Rockets in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

These Clippers Are Gritty

When one looks at the LA Clippers, rarely would one think that they are a defensive outfit. But against the Toronto Raptors, they were able to prove their quality.

Against the fourth quarter of their last match against the Toronto Raptors, the LA Clippers were able to hold the reigning World Champions at bay. In crunch time, the Clippers held the Raptors to just 10 points.

LA’s defensive flexibility isn’t just led by Kawhi Leonard, but by Patrick’s Patterson and Beverly. They held the fast-break oriented Raptors, who average 32 breakpoints a game, to only 19. LA has all the tools to slow down the Rockets.

Who Can Be Houston’s Third Gun?

The Houston Rockets are a talented team, but injuries are leading them to struggle on the offensive end. Well, as much as a team with two MVP-calibre talents can struggle on the offensive end.

Beyond Russell Westbrook and James Harden, scoring becomes quite thin. Their two best secondary scorers Green and Gordon will be out, while Danuel House is still listed as doubtful.

When the offensive juices aren’t flowing for the Rockets, they can generally rely on Harden to make up the scoring difference. With Leonard guarding him, it is unlikely to prove a fruitful venture.

The Clippers’ Bench Must Show Up

Don’t be mistaken about the quality of the Clippers’ reserve unit, they are one of the best in the league. In fact, they lead the NBA in points off the bench, showing their ability to threaten defenses at any minute.

Unfortunately for the Clippers, that bench production mainly comes from Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell. Against the Raptors, it was more of the same, as Harrell and Williams produced 35 points off the bench, to the remaining reserves’ 21 – which mostly came in garbage time.

With Shamet and George out, more is expected from the deeper bench unit. Out of 16 attempts from deep, the Clippers’ reserves nailed only two. Their offensive production must match their defense if they hope to beat the Rockets.

Which Rivers Will Prove Most Valuable?

Father-Son duos are always fun to see in the NBA. This matchup affords us the chance to see Doc Rivers coach his Clippers against his son Austin who comes off the bench for the Rockets.

Who wins out, may be key to this result.

Doc Rivers is a renowned coach, and his tactics surrounding how to slow Harden and Westbrook will be key. He has two of the NBA’s best perimeter defenders in Leonard and Beverly, but his rotation with other valuable pieces in Patterson, Green, and Harkless will truly determine this defensive test.

On the other side of the court, Rivers has struggled throughout this season. He is producing the worst of his career since his rookie season. While his shooting hasn’t been terrible, the inclusion of Westbrook has limited his opportunities. If he can be the scorer many expect he’s capable of being, the Rockets may just outgun the Clippers.

LA Clippers Roster Notes

(G-F) Paul George – 6 Nov 2019 – Out (Right Shoulder) – George is targeting to return to action on Nov. 13-14, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.

(G) Landry Shamet – 11 Nov 2019 – Out (Ankle) – Shamet suffered a high ankle sprain against the Toronto Raptors. There is no date for his return.

Houston Rockets Roster Notes

(G-F) Eric Gordon – 12 Nov 2019 – Out (Knee) – Gordon will undergo knee surgery on Wednesday. He will be reevaluated after a month.

(C) Nene Hilario – 11 Nov 2019 – Day To Day (Abductor) – Nene did not play in Monday’s (Nov. 11) game against the Pelicans.

(G) Gerald Green – 28 Oct 2019 – Out (Left Foot) – Houston Rockets G-F Gerald Green is expected to miss six months after having surgery, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Head-to-Head: (F) Kawhi Leonard vs (G) James Harden

This match between NBA superstars is one of the most interesting of the season. Two who will be transcendent in how history sees their games, Harden and Leonard square off.

There’s not been a defender the likes of Leonard in decades. On the other end, Harden is the greatest scorer the NBA has seen since Kobe Bryant. This will be a matchup to take in.

(F) Kawhi Leonard (6-7, 230lb (201cm, 104kg) | San Diego State | 8 Years)

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
19-20 28 LAC 8 31.4 26.9 8.5 5.9 .444 .275


Kawhi Leonard has been scoring in bunches this season. However with 16 field-goal attempts per game, his efficiency has dropped to a career low. Shooting only 44.4% from the field and 27.5% from three, he will have to be more economical to take down the Rockets.

(G) James Harden (6-5, 220lb (196cm, 99kg) | Arizona State | 10 Years)

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
19-20 30 HOU 10 35.7 37.3 5.3 8.3 .407 .298

If you want to observe one of the NBA’s greatest ever scorers, take a look at James Harden. He is averaging an amazing 37.3 points per game on a 49.4% effective field-goal percentage. He’ll be tested by the NBA’s best wing defender in Kawhi Leonard, but The Beard is surely up to the challenge.

LA Clippers at Houston Rockets – Predictions

Why the Los Angeles Clippers Will Win

The LA Clippers can take this win if the LA reserve unit can support the play of Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams. The Clippers were lucky to escape the Raptors, whose gas tank ran out on a back-to-back. The Rockets, won’t afford them such a luxury.

Why the Houston Rockets Will Win

If the Houston Rockets can convert efficiently from the field, they can take this match. The LA Clippers’ defense is stout and their rebounding is strong. If the Rockets limit opportunities while optimizing their own, they’ll leapfrog LA in the standings.

Los Angeles Clippers vs Houston Rockets – Game Odds

The latest odds for the Clippers vs Rockets are provided by bet365 NJ, Unibet NJ, and 888sport NJ.

Good Luck!

Money Line

Sportsbook Clippers Rockets
bet365 NJ +100 -120
Unibet NJ -112 -121
888sport NJ -112 -121

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