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Los Angeles Clippers vs Houston Rockets NBA Playoff Betting Odds Free Pick

The NBA Playoffs on Monday night and we will see the Los Angeles Clippers travel to the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets in game 1 of their best-of-seven series. Free Pick to follow. The game has a start time of 9:30 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on TNT. Current Vegas betting odds have Houston listed as 6 point favorites, while the total is set at 212. 

Analysis: The Los Angeles Clippers came into the playoffs as the number 3 seed and weren't really happy about having to meet up with the Spurs in round 1, but after taking down the Spurs in 7 games they are now happy to be moving on. Still you have to wonder how much that series took out of them. The Clippers are 28-16 on the road this year. LA Has gone 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 road games, but just 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win. The Clippers have scored 106.8 ppg on 47.4% shooting overall and 37.3% from long range on the road this year. Defensively they have struggled away from home as they have allowed 102.1 ppg on 45.2% shooting overall and 36.6% shooting from long range. 

The Houston Rockets are proving to be a very dangerous team as they have now won 17 of their last 22 games and are comeing off a 4-1 series win over Dallas. Still we don't know how good they are as they were taking on a very mediocre Dallas squad. We shall find out in this series, but the Rockets do have the rest edge as they have been at home for a few days while the Clippers were engaged in a 7 game war with the Spurs.  Houston is 33-11 at home for the year. Houston has gone 13-3 ATS in their last 16 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Rockets have scored 104.0 ppg on 44.2% shooting overall and 35.4% from long range at home for the year. Defensively they have been decent at home as they have allowed 98.2 ppg on 45.4% shooting overall and 29.0% shooting from long range.  

Pick:  Im going to look to the Under in this one. Rocket home games have averaged just 202 ppg this year and While Clipper road games have been high scoring i just don't see it here as they will not look to run as much, especially coming off a grueling 7 game series vs the Spurs. The Rockets do play good defense at home and neither team is good from the FT line. I see this one being played around 205 points at most.  

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