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Just one Big game on Sunday right in the middle of the afternoon. Man I love playoff basketball nothing more exciting than a Game 7.
LA Clippers @ Houston Rockets +2.5 over under 219.5 Total points.
The Rockets were able to steal a win in LA as the Clippers couldn’t close down the stretch. They wasted a great effort for 3 quarters and just couldn’t buy a bucket in the 4th quarter to stop the Rockets who had lights out shooting in the 4th to erase a 13 point lead at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Clippers bench will have to find a way to contribute more on offense if they have a shot at winning on the road as the Rockets have found their groove shooting wise. Josh Smith has been Very hot or Very Cold in this series he will be the X factor for this game in my opinion, all the other players you can expect them to perform as usual for Houston. For the Clippers the bench will be huge as Rivers, Davis and Crawford will be needed to help out to score and defend all game long especially if Jordan, Paul or Reddick get it into foul trouble early. Pace will be hugely important to this game, which is why I see LA having a big advantage with Chris Paul as opposed to Prigioni for Houston. He was able to dictate the pace in previous contests and set up the offense and his other teammates with ease. The Rockets tend to rely on to many 3″s and jump shots it worked in game 6 and Game 2, but for game 7 I don’t see it being as successful. My pick is the Clippers -2.5 and the over 219.5 total points.
I don’t see any defense being played in the first half of this game. I think they may reach 120 combined by halftime. The Rockets have been quick starters but poor finishers for most of the series And a lack of defense will be their downfall. Also please note only game 1 of this series was below 220 combined points, so I don’t see that changing now either. (Note game 1 combined for 218 total points.)
And as always “If it doesn’t make $$$ it don’t make sense.