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How Will Absence of Paul Impact Rockets vs Clippers?

The Houston Rockets rarely drop games, but the franchise is starting to come back down to earth after winning 15 straight games. The Rockets will be without the services of Chris Paul vs Paul’s former team, the Los Angeles Clippers, on Friday.

MyBookie opened the Clippers as 11.5-point road underdogs with a total of 219.

Shark Bites
  • The Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games.
  • The OVER is 4-0 in the Rockets' last four games.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in the Clippers' last six games.

Houston’s streak ended in the form of a 122-116 setback to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, as Paul left the fourth quarter with a left adductor strain. The superstar is considered day-to-day and will likely be back in the fold on Christmas Day vs the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Clippers are missing three of their regular starters right now, but are getting contributions from other sources. Guard Austin Rivers collected 21 points on Wednesday as L.A. knocked off the Phoenix Suns 108-95 to snap a three-game skid. Milos Teodosic, who missed 22 games due to foot problems, is averaging 8.3 points on 32.8 percent shooting and handed out a season-best eight assists in 27 minutes against the Suns.

The Rockets took two of three from Los Angeles last year despite James Harden being limited to 23.3 points, 8.3 assists and 7.3 rebounds in the contests.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Houston Rockets opened as -11.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 218 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 115-100 result in favor of the Rockets. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Los Angeles Clippers vs Houston Rockets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Rockets currently sport a record of 25-5, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 16-13-1 ATS. The Los Angeles Clippers are 12-18 and 15-15 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Rockets post a 16-14 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Clippers have gone 13-16-1 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 26-rated Los Angeles Clippers taking on the No. 1-rated Houston Rockets in this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Los Angeles Clippers rank No. 15 in the league with 43.77 per game. That compares with Houston's No. 11 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Houston is the NBA's No. 1-ranked team at 15.97 per game, while the Los Angeles Clippers rate No. 17 with 10.33 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Los Angeles got 21 points from Austin Rivers en route to a 108-95 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday at STAPLES Center.

The Rockets got a terrific 51-point performance from James Harden but Los Angeles handed them a 122-116 defeat on Wednesday at Toyota Center.

Betting Trends
  • LA Clippers is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • LA Clippers is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Clippers's last 6 games
  • LA Clippers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Houston is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 8 games
  • Houston is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Memphis, Saturday, December 23rd
Houston at Oklahoma City, Monday, December 25th