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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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