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NBA : ATS Matchup
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LA CLIPPERS (49 - 24) at HOUSTON (39 - 33)
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LA CLIPPERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games49-24-3.640-3339-33100.951.547.7%50.394.548.044.4%47.8
Road Games21-16-1.219-1819-1898.449.846.4%50.695.948.445.1%48.2
Last 5 Games3-2+0.83-24-1102.251.848.2%49.494.248.846.6%43.0
LA CLIPPERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)100.951.538-8047.7%8-2135.6%17-2370.7%5011242110146
vs opponents surrendering98.549.437-8245.3%7-2035.8%17-2275.3%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)98.449.837-8046.4%7-2034.1%17-2569.5%511222219145
Stats Against (All Games)94.548.034-7844.4%8-2037.5%18-2475.1%481122218164
vs opponents averaging98.449.437-8245.3%7-2036.0%17-2275.7%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)95.948.435-7845.1%8-2039.5%18-2475.3%481122228154

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games39-33-6.737-3436-36106.052.946.2%51.6102.652.545.9%49.6
Home Games25-11+2.422-1418-18109.254.447.2%52.1102.251.945.5%49.2
Last 5 Games3-2-0.52-31-499.451.044.3%49.893.848.243.7%48.0
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)106.052.938-8246.2%11-2936.9%19-2575.6%521123208164
vs opponents surrendering97.949.137-8245.1%7-2035.8%17-2275.2%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)109.254.439-8347.2%11-2837.6%20-2776.4%521124198154
Stats Against (All Games)102.652.539-8545.9%8-2237.3%17-2177.7%501022208146
vs opponents averaging98.349.437-8245.4%7-2036.0%17-2275.6%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)102.251.939-8645.5%9-2338.4%15-2077.3%491022208156
Average power rating of opponents played: LA CLIPPERS 95.8,  HOUSTON 96
LA CLIPPERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/21/2013SAN ANTONIO90-116L-4.5L201O32-7642.1%391843-7358.9%4517
2/28/2013@ INDIANA99-91W1W192.5U39-8048.7%431132-7542.7%5220
3/1/2013@ CLEVELAND105-89W-8W200U43-8351.8%521033-7444.6%4716
3/3/2013OKLAHOMA CITY104-108L-2.5L206O38-8246.3%492038-8047.5%4913
3/7/2013@ DENVER92-107L4L214.5U36-8542.4%431143-7755.8%4511
3/17/2013NEW YORK93-80W-13.5L193.5U34-7545.3%621229-8135.8%499
3/19/2013@ SACRAMENTO101-116L-8.5L212.5O36-8045.0%471737-7350.7%4515
3/26/2013@ DALLAS102-109L-1.5L202.5O38-8544.7%531740-8248.8%4915
3/27/2013@ NEW ORLEANS105-91W-5.5W188O34-7346.6%42935-7149.3%4411
3/29/2013@ SAN ANTONIO102-104L4W198O41-8150.6%49939-7452.7%369
3/30/2013@ HOUSTON              
4/7/2013LA LAKERS              
4/12/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
4/13/2013@ MEMPHIS              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/20/2013OKLAHOMA CITY122-119W3W220.5O44-9247.8%451842-8748.3%5522
2/22/2013@ BROOKLYN106-96W-1.5W207.5U41-7753.2%471640-9144.0%4913
2/23/2013@ WASHINGTON103-105L-1.5L211U38-8445.2%471641-8051.2%4713
3/1/2013@ ORLANDO118-110W-9L212.5O42-7754.5%401244-7856.4%4114
3/6/2013@ DALLAS108-112L1.5L221U35-7844.9%501245-8354.2%4111
3/8/2013@ GOLDEN STATE94-88W2W223U27-7436.5%541233-8737.9%6316
3/9/2013@ PHOENIX105-107L-7L210.5O37-8643.0%471937-8245.1%6716
3/17/2013GOLDEN STATE78-108L-7L217.5U28-8632.6%561544-9645.8%5910
3/24/2013SAN ANTONIO96-95W1.5W212.5U32-8040.0%471333-7842.3%5216
3/29/2013@ MEMPHIS94-103L5L195.5O34-8142.0%421440-7950.6%5014
3/30/2013LA CLIPPERS              
4/3/2013@ SACRAMENTO              
4/5/2013@ PORTLAND              
4/6/2013@ DENVER              
4/15/2013@ PHOENIX              
LA CLIPPERS: GUARDS: CHRIS PAUL was every bit an MVP-caliber player in his first year in L.A. They should monitor his minutes late in the regular season to keep him fresh for the playoffs. . . His Achilles is on schedule to be healed by December, and CHAUNCEY BILLUPS will start once he's healthy. He's likely to lose athleticism, and his leash could be short if he shoots as poorly as he did last year . . . JAMAL CRAWFORD steps in to lead the second unit. We'll see how quickly his inefficient, shoot-first ways grow stale . . . ERIC BLEDSOE was a stud in the playoffs. He can't play extended minutes alongside Paul, but coach Vinny Del Negro knows he has to get Bledsoe on the floor . . . WILLIE GREEN provides capable depth, but he's on the outside looking in at the rotation. FORWARDS: BLAKE GRIFFIN's knee injury likely isn't serious enough to linger into the season. He's starting to develop some post moves to go along with his dunks . . . CARON BUTLER played hurt for most of last year, but still did enough to nail down a starting job for this season . . . LAMAR ODOM moped his way back to L.A. Don't be surprised if he has a strong bounce-back year, especially considering he'll be the Clippers' best defensive big . . . GRANT HILL could see some starts, but more likely the 40-year-old is pegged for limited minutes . . . MATT BARNES will replace Hill once he injures himself again . . . RONNY TURIAF will provide some of the toughness they lost when Reggie Evans left . . . TREY THOMPKINS will continue to languish on the bench, especially after sitting out the preseason with a knee injury. CENTERS: He can block shots and rebound, but at this point DeANDRE JORDAN is just too much of a defensive liability in space to play 30-plus minutes. That's why the Clippers will often pair Lamar Odom with Blake Griffin in the frontcourt . . . RYAN HOLLINS can also defend the basket and has six fouls to give.
HOUSTON: GUARDS: Houston has gutted its roster, and this is JEREMY LIN's team now. Coach Kevin McHale will use the same pick-and-roll offense he used with Goran Dragic, and Lin should do what he did in New York a year ago . . . KEVIN MARTIN is on the trade block. As long as he's in Houston, he'll be in and out of McHale's doghouse, especially seeing that he's not in the long-term plans . . . JEREMY LAMB should push Martin for minutes early. Lamb will have some defensive issues, but he's a cagey scorer who should mesh well with Lin . . . CARLOS DELFINO replaces Chase Budinger as the team's most reliable marksman from three-point range . . . TONEY DOUGLAS' defensive ability puts him in the running for a rotation spot . . . SHAUN LIVINGSTON can give them 12 to 15 minutes a night . . . Rookie SCOTT MACHADO, an outstanding passer, will back up Lin . . . GARY FORBES will have trouble finding minutes. FORWARDS: CHANDLER PARSONS was a nice surprise a year ago. He's a fifth option offensively but does the hustle/energy thing well . . . 2011 first-rounder DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS is a skilled 7-footer who fits with Lin. Expect him to grab a starting job by midseason, but he can also play center when required . . . This might be the year PATRICK PATTERSON makes an impact. His game is limited, but he can rebound and score around the basket . . . ROYCE WHITE is a 270-pounder with point guard skills. He needs the ball in his hands though, which is why he's not a great fit with Lin in the starting lineup . . . TERRENCE JONES has a tweener skill set. At this point, he's better suited for the second unit . . . Speaking of 'tweeners, MARCUS MORRIS looks to be nowhere near contributing. CENTERS: OMER ASIK earned his reputation as a defensive stud in Chicago, and he'll get a little more offensive freedom in Houston. He is quite foul-prone though, and he'll be tested on the free-throw line early and often . . . His backup, GREG SMITH, has more fouls (17) than points (14) in his 69-minute NBA career.
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Los Angeles (49-24) at Houston (39-33), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Los Angeles Clippers are getting their second shot at becoming the first team in franchise history to reach 50 wins.

A meeting with the Houston Rockets could be just what they need.

The Clippers look to set a team record for victories and move closer to their first division title by beating the Rockets for the sixth straight time Saturday night.

Los Angeles (49-24) has already clinched a second straight trip to the playoffs for the first time since 1991-92 and 92-93, and the team should get there with two first-time accomplishments.

The Clippers tied the 1974-75 team record for wins in a season by beating New Orleans 105-91 on Wednesday. They also lead the Pacific Division by eight games over second-place Golden State, which holds the head-to-head tiebreaker with nine contests left in the regular season.

Los Angeles shouldn't have any trouble claiming the division crown along with win No. 50, but the team fell short in its first attempt at the record Friday. The Clippers lost 104-102 at San Antonio, as Chris Paul missed a potential game-tying 7-footer as time expired.

"We'll probably see them down the way (in the playoffs)," said forward Blake Griffin, who had 18 points and seven rebounds. "We can learn from this. We'll see what we did well and we'll see what we didn't do well. Hopefully, we'll learn from those mistakes. We'll just try to take that and make it something positive."

There's been plenty of positives against the Rockets (39-33), a possible first-round playoff opponent.

The Clippers have won five straight meetings while averaging 108.0 points and shooting 40.4 percent from beyond the arc. That includes hitting 51.5 percent from long range during two wins in Houston.

They didn't even have Paul in the most recent visit Jan. 15, when he was sidelined by a bruised knee while his teammates made 11 of 19 from 3-point range in a 117-109 win.

Having the star point guard for this visit should help since he's averaged 21.8 points over his last five meetings with the Rockets.

Griffin hasn't been as effective in his four trips to Houston, averaging 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 37.7 percent from the field. However, he had 20 points, 11 boards and four steals in a 106-96 home win Feb. 13.

While the Clippers have clinched a playoff berth, the Rockets are seventh in the Western Conference, 2 1/2 games ahead of Utah and the Los Angeles Lakers, who are tied for the eighth and final playoff position.

Houston, though, hasn't helped itself, following Wednesday's 100-91 home loss to Indiana with a 103-92 defeat at Memphis two days later. The team was allowing an average of 88.7 points while winning three in a row prior to that.

"We made more mistakes defensively than we have been doing," coach Kevin McHale said Friday. "Guys were trying to be aggressive on a couple of things, and we got really distorted defensively. We made too many mistakes defensively, especially early."

James Harden, among the league leaders with 26.0 points per game, is looking to bounce back from one of his worst performances of the season. The All-Star guard was held to seven points - his lowest total in over four months - by the Grizzlies, and his ineffectiveness also limited him to 26 minutes.

It may not get better against the Clippers since Harden averages 11.6 points over 12 career meetings, missing the most recent with a sprained right ankle and sore left knee.

Last Updated: 12/15/2018 3:09:54 AM EST

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