NBA Picks: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Jeff GrantContributor IFebruary 13, 2013

NBA Picks: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

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    Chris Paul scored 46 combined points in leading the Los Angeles Clippers (37-17) to back-to-back wins to end their eight-game Grammy road trip, which can't be ignored when making your NBA picks on Wednesday night, as they prepare to host the Houston Rockets (29-25) at the Staples Center.

    Sports bettors will find that the Clippers are 10.5-point favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total stands at 208 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Western Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering a prediction on the total along the way.

Houston Rockets

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    The Houston Rockets have alternated wins and losses over their last five games. Entering Wednesday, they are coming off a 116-107 victory over the Golden State Warriors as four-point road underdogs on Tuesday night.

    Sports bettors will find that the Rockets are 3-7 against the spread on the road when taking on a team with a winning home record.

Los Angeles Clippers

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    The Los Angeles Clippers are 20-5 overall when playing at the Staples Center. That record includes a 14-3 mark when taking on Western Conference opponents.

    Sports bettors will find that the Clippers are 23-19 against the spread as favorites this year, with the OVER going 22-19-1 in that situation.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their sports betting picks on Wednesday night, as the UNDER is 4-0 in the Los Angeles Clippers' last four games following a road trip of seven or more days.

    NBA Pick: Under 208

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