Written and authored by National Basketball Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams play on Thursday May 14th, 2015. At 10:30 PM EST on the TNT Television Network.
The (62-30) and number two seed Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest Division will travel back to “HOLLYWOOD” for game six of the Western Conference Semifinals. Houston will play the (63-31) and three seed Los Angeles Clippers of the Western Conference Pacific in 2015 NBA Playoff second round action. The teams will play at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Houston Rockets still have a little bit of hope in this best of seven series. The Los Angeles Clippers will try to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history in front of the home crowd. The opening betting line has Houston as an eight and a half point road underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 220 for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Houston Rockets avoided elimination with a 124-103 home win on Tuesday May 12th. All-Star guard James Harden led the Rockets with a team-high twenty-six points. Center Dwight Howard added 20-points. Forward Trevor Ariza is the team leader with 1.6 steals per contest in the 2015 NBA Playoffs. Houston is fifth in the NBA scoring the basketball with 103.9 points per game. Defensively the Rockets have been giving up too many points, they must play better on that end of the court. The betting odds over the total are 5-0 Houston last five Western Conference Semi-Finals games. The betting odds over the total are 4-0 the Rockets last four on the road. The Houston Rockets are 5-5 their last ten 2015 NBA Playoff ATS Picks overall, going over the betting odds total eight times and staying under the betting odds total twice. Houston is 1-4 Against The Point Spread the last five meetings between the teams. The absence of Point Guard Patrick Beverly is hurting the team in a half court set. Beverly is out for the season with a wrist injury suffered in last March. The key to a Rockets win is to play tough defense and come out inspired. Bovada lists the Houston Rockets at 25/1 to win the 2015 NBA Western Conference Championship.
The 2015 Los Angeles Clippers can make franchise history by closing out the series in front of a hungry crowd. Clippers fans have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Power Forward Blake Griffin scored a game-high thirty points in their game five loss in the “LONE STAR STATE”. The Clippers were second in the NBA scoring the basketball through the regular season, and they are still putting up points. Griffin is the team leader in point through the 2015 NBA Playoffs. Point Guard Chris Paul is the leader in steals and assists. Center DeAndre Jordan is holding his own in the post, his matchup with Howard is crucial. The betting odds over the total are 6-0 the Clippers last six playing on a day’s rest. The Clippers are 5-1 Against The Spread the last six between the teams at the Staples Center. The Los Angeles Clippers are 6-4 their last ten NBA Playoff Games Against The Spread, going over the betting odds eight times and staying under the betting odds total twice. The Clippers have to come out and play with passion. The combination of Griffin and Jordan in the frontcourt should be the telling story of game six. The Clippers want to avoid going back to Texas to close out the series in a seventh game. Bovada Lv has the Los Angeles Clippers at 4/1 to win the 2015 NBA title.