Preview: L.A. Clippers At Houston

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Friday, November 28, 2014
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
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LAC Edge in: HOU
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Houston likely needs to press on shorthanded when it finishes a five-game homestand Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Rockets have won three straight despite missing several key players, including Dwight Howard (knee), Patrick Beverley (hamstring) and Terrence Jones (leg), who has already missed 10 games and has no timetable for a return. All three were absent again in a 102-89 win over Sacramento on Wednesday, as Houston rode 26 points by James Harden to improve to 6-2 at home.

The Rockets will not get any favors from a Clippers squad that seems to be finding its groove, having won four of five, all on their current seven-game road trip. Jamal Crawford scored 25 points and Chris Paul added 23 - 14 in the third quarter - to lift Los Angeles past Detroit by a 104-98 margin on Wednesday. The Clippers, who hit 12 3-pointers and made 18-of-19 free throws, have scored at least 104 points in each of the wins during the road trip.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBATV, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), ROOT Sports Southwest (Houston)

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (9-5): Crawford and Paul combined for 31 of their 48 points in the second half, continuing Los Angeles' trend of closing strong. The Clippers entered Wednesday ranked fifth in the league in second-half scoring and were second in that category on the road with an average of 56 points after the break. They hit that mark on the nose against Detroit to improve to 5-2 away from home overall.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (12-3): Howard is likely out until Saturday's contest against Milwaukee at the earliest, which leaves more time for Donatas Motiejunas, who has performed well since picking up some of Howard's slack. The Lithuanian had a career-high 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting against Sacramento and is averaging 16 points and 8.7 rebounds over his last three games, during which the 7-footer has played an average of 35.7 minutes. Isaiah Canaan added a career-high 24 points and four steals in his eighth start of the season Wednesday.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Harden's field-goal percentage dipped to 39.2 percent for the season after a 10-of-31 effort against Sacramento.

2. Paul is shooting 63 percent while averaging 23.3 points over a four-game surge.

3. The Clippers have won the last four meetings.

PREDICTION:
Rockets 108, Clippers 106

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Clippers 9-5 W2 4-3 5-2 1-2 8-3 2-2 5-4
Houston 12-3 W3 6-2 5-1 1-0 11-3 2-1 7-3

Last Meeting

L.A. Clippers Houston
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/29/14 LAC 118 HOU 107 118 43 47.2 107 49 40.5

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC C. Paul 30 62.5 5
HOU J. Harden 32 40.9 11
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 12 3 9
HOU O. Asik 11 4 7
Assists Player  
LAC C. Paul 12
HOU J. Harden 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC B. Griffin 467 48.1 89
HOU J. Harden 485 39.8 163
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 229 56 173
HOU D. Howard 136 38 98
Assists Player  
LAC C. Paul 199
HOU J. Harden 120

Quickchart Matchup

L.A. Clippers  Off vs  Houston Def
103.3 Points For
91.5 Points Against
47.2 FG%
41.7 FG%
37.5 Reb
41.9 Reb
Houston Off vs  L.A. Clippers Def
97.1 Points For
100.3 Points Against
42.2 FG%
45.6 FG%
41.9 Reb
41.9 Reb

Live Game Odds

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AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
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BookMaker.eu OFF OFF
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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

L.A. Clippers Overall Houston
9-5 W/L 12-3
4-10-0 ATS 8-7-0
8-5-1 O/U 2-13-0
103.3 Pts For 97.1
100.3 Pts Against 91.5
L.A. Clippers A/H Houston
5-2 W/L 6-2
3-4-0 ATS 4-4-0
5-1-1 O/U 0-8-0
107.7 Pts For 94.6
101.7 Pts Against 90.1