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Clippers at Rockets: What bettors need to know

Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets (+1, 208)

The Los Angeles Clippers turned in perhaps their most impressive performance of the season on Monday, kicking off a three-game road trip by crushing the Memphis Grizzlies without All-Star point guard Chris Paul in the lineup. Paul sat out the 99-73 rout of the Grizzlies due to a bruised right kneecap and he will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Houston Rockets. It was the lowest point total allowed by Los Angeles and started a stretch in which it plays 14 of 17 games away from home.

The Rockets will be happy to be back home - even if it's for only one game - after going winless on a three-game road trip to New Orleans, Boston and Philadelphia. The Rockets had won five straight prior to the recent skid and will be facing a four-game road trip following the matchup with the Clippers. The Rockets averaged 115.8 points during their five-game run but saw that total dip to 90 points in the third-game skid. In all, Houston will play 12 of 17 games away from home in January.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), Comcast SportsNet Houston

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (29-9, 23-15-0 ATS): Eric Bledsoe made his first start of the season in place of Paul and scored 14 points to go along with four assists and two steals. Reserves Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes scored 16 points apiece and Grant Hill had eight points in his second appearance of the season as Los Angeles' bench outscored the starters 54-45. Hill played 17 minutes and went 3-of-5 from the field while collecting four rebounds and four assists. Barnes is averaging 14 points in his last four games.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (21-17, 21-16-1 ATS):
While James Harden has scored at least 20 points in 20 consecutive games, backcourt mate Jeremy Lin has struggled with his outside shooting during the three-game losing streak. Lin averaged 9.3 points on the road trip while shooting 10-of-34 overall and 2-of-10 from 3-point range. Lin had hit more than one 3-pointer only twice in his last 24 games. The offensive struggles haven't affected Lin's defense - he has at least three steals in four consecutive games.

TRENDS:

* Under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings.
* Over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in Houston.
* Clippers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine vs. NBA Southwest.
* Rockets are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. The Clippers won all three meetings last season, including a two-point overtime victory in Houston.

2. The Rockets are shooting 26.1 percent (24-of-92) from behind the arc in the last three games.

3. Paul sat out his first game of the season. He had 16 assists in each of his two previous games.

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