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Preview: Houston Rockets At Los Angeles Clippers


Coming off a 129-103 shellacking of the Sacramento Kings, the 39-18 Houston Rockets travel to Los Angeles to take on the 39-20 Clippers, in a battle for the #3 seed in the west. The Clippers were able to get so much needed rest last night after beating the Pelicans on Monday 123-110. We are likely to see the debut of new Clipper Glen Davis, who should boost the teams bench production.

The Rockets are coming off a hot performance from the Beard, as he racked up 43 points and 8 assists in 31 minutes of play. The Rockets had a sizable lead heading into the 4th last night and were able to rest most of the starters. With both teams starting lineups well rested we are in for a offensive showcase tonight. Tip-off is set for 9:30 PM and can be seen on ESPN. Check out Houston ticket broker MyTicketIn for tickets to the game.

 

The Matchups:

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley v.s. Chris Paul

Will Cliff or Chris show up tonight? CP3 racked up 17 and 13 assists in both meetings with the Rockets this season. He also topped it off with 2 steals a piece. PBev will have his hands full on both ends of the court.

Edge: Clippers

 

Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. Jamal Crawford

Crawford is usually the Clips 6th man off the bench, but with Reddick injured he has stepped into the starting roll. This will be a battle of two shooting guards who do not enjoy playing defense.

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Matt Barnes

The Chan man will just be too much for Barnes to handle. Parsons is shooting 40% from three in the month of February, and averaging 2 steals per game.

Edge: Rockets

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Blake Griffin

Blake is averaging 22.5 PPG, and 7 RPG against Houston this season. Jones was not a starter when these two teams faced off early in the season, he played a total of 4 minutes in both meetings. Big test for Jones defensively tonight.

Edge: Clippers

 

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. DeAndre Jordan

Dwight had a difficult time early in the year vs the Clippers. Jordan and Griffin did a marvelous job protecting the rim against the Rockets earlier this season. But with Coach Kevin McHale running more offense through D12 lately I expect a better performance from the big man tonight.

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench

Rockets - Jeremy LinOmri CasspiDonatas MotiejunasFrancisco GarciaOmer AsikJordan HamiltonIsaiah CanaanGreg Smith

Kings – Jared Dudley, Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Hollins, Darren Collinson, Reggie Bullock, Willie Green, Glen Davis

Edge: Even

 

Injuries 

Rockets – Everyone is ready for launch!

Clippers – J.J. Reddick (OUT)

 

Prediction - Rockets finish out a long road trip with a tough one. The Clippers blew out the Rockets in the first two meetings, but I think this one will be much closer. Final: Clippers 101-98.

 

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