Clippers vs. Rockets Betting Odds Picks & Predictions: Will Small-Ball Work Against Kawhi & Co.?


Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers and Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers defend James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets.

  • The Clippers (-1) and the Rockets square off (8 p.m. ET, TNT) in a mammoth Western Conference showdown on Thursday night.
  • Will the Rockets new, intuitive small-ball approach properly spread out Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers?
  • See the full betting breakdown below.

This matchup has been a treat to watch all season, especially if you’ve bet the Houston Rockets. The Rockets enter this matchup with a 3-0 record against the spread vs. the Los Angeles Clippers this season and are 2-1 straight up.

However, the Rockets are a much different team since these two team last matchup. Will Houston’s new style lead to another win against LA’s dynamic duo and bench unit?

Our crew breaks down the betting trends and key matchups and gives their picks below.

Clippers at Rockets Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions

  • Spread: Clippers -1
  • Over/Under: 236.5
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: TNT

Odds as of Thursday and via FanDuel. Get up to a $500 risk-free bet at FanDuel today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.

Betting Trend to Know

Nearly 70% of bets are on the Clippers to cover the spread tonight. It has been a bad idea to doubt the Rockets. This season Houston is 10-5 against the spread when getting less than 50% of bets. — John Ewing

Brandon Anderson: The Perfect Opponent

Clippers at Rockets feels like it should be a late May game, and perhaps it will be. For tonight, it’s a marquee matchup and a great playoff preview with both teams at full strength and ready to battle.

Houston is exclusively a small-ball team now. Perhaps you’ve heard. Ever since dumping Clint Capela and adding Robert Covington to their lineup, they’ve gone all-in on small lineups with Covington and P.J. Tucker as the de facto bigs.

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