One night after defeating the Phoenix Suns in convincing fashion, the LA Clippers will once again take their home floor for their first meeting of the season with the Houston Rockets.
Houston has been one of the NBA's worst-performing teams all year long and went on a 20-game losing streak that lasted roughly a month and a half from February to March. There's not much talent on the roster outside of forward Christian Wood, and with the Rockets all but eliminated from the postseason, this one feels like a gimme for the Clippers.
With that said, LA can't afford to take Houston lightly. The Rockets aren't just going to roll over, especially as they're coming off a win over the Dallas Mavericks. This is still a team that's capable of heating up from time to time, and there are a lot of unknowns at play.
But assuming the Clippers continue to play with the level of urgency they've put on display lately, talent should prevail here. Houston has no answer for Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, and the Rockets don't do enough on offense to truly threaten LA's defense.
How to Watch
Matchup: LA Clippers (35-18) vs. Houston Rockets (14-37)
Date: Friday, April 9
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Venue: Staples Center
Broadcast Information: NBA League Pass
Spread: Clippers -11.5
Moneyline: Rockets +560, Clippers -800
Point Total: O/U 221.5
Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook