The NBA Playoffs continue on Sunday night and we will see the Los Angeles Clippers travel to the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets in game 7 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 the Clippers listed as 2.5 point favorites, while the total is set at 219.
Analysis: The Los Angeles Clippers came into the playoffs as the number 3 seed and they took on Houston at the Staples Center in game 6 with a 3-2 series lead and had a 19 point lead in the 4th quarter of that game, but then an epic collapse happened and here we are for a game 7 in Houston. The Clippers have had issues closing out series in the past and it happened again. LA has gone 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest and 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 road games. The Clippers have scored 106.9 ppg on 47.2% shooting overall and 36.8% from long range on the road this year. Defensively they have struggled away from home as they have allowed 102.9 ppg on 45.4% shooting overall and 36.0% shooting from long range.
The Houston Rockets went in to LA down 3 games to 2 and then were down big in the 4th quarter, but something sparked them and the went on a 31-7 run in the last 7 minutes of the game to send this series back to Houston for a game 7. One of the most incredible playoff comebacks in the history of the NBA. Houston has gone 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest, but just 4-10 ATS in the last 14 games in this series. The Rockets have scored 104.6 ppg on 44.4% shooting overall and 35.0% from long range at home for the year. Defensively they have been decent at home as they have allowed 98.9 ppg on 45.6% shooting overall and 29.2% shooting from long range.
Pick: I will be going with the Under here. This has been a long series and both teams should be a bit tired, plus we also note that this is a game 7 and those games tend to be a bit lower scoring than normal. I look for both teams to try and lock it down defensively here in what should be a slower paced game than the first 3 in the series.
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