Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers: MLK Day Basketball Betting Action
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
As we prepare to remember the great and impactful life of Martin Luther King Jr., basketball betting online players will inevitably turn to the day’s action to maximize their jubilee. There are a total of 11 different matchups for players to choose from, so lining up some 3 team teaser bets should be no problem. Notwithstanding the wide selection of matchups, bettors will likely gravitate to this evening’s Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers contest. Let’s take a look at what kind of action NBA sportsbooks have put together for this West Coast pairing.
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers – Monday, January 15th
When: 10:30 pm ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Stream: TNT Drama, NBA League Pass
Basketball Betting Online Odds:
Houston Rockets TBP
Los Angeles Clippers TBP
The Houston Rockets enter this evening’s matchup sporting a 30-11 record that ranks them 1st in the Southwest Division. Additionally, the Rockets find themselves ranked 2nd overall in the Western Conference behind the Golden State Warriors. At the present time, the Rockets are 3 ½ games behind Steph Curry & Co. With that in mind, it’s clear that Houston can still make a leap for the lead in the conference. All Houston needs to do is mount an eye-catching win streak and pray that Golden State runs into some sort of hiccup. The Rockets are 3-1 in their last 4 matchups and will be looking to keep the good times rolling this evening.
To pull off the road win this evening, the Rockets will be turning to Eric Gordon, the team’s second leading scorer. James Harden is listed as out on the team’s injury report this evening, so Houston will need Gordon to pick up the slack. Currently, Gordon is averaging 19.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per matchup.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers enter this evening’s pairing with a disappointing 21-21 record that ranks them 2nd in the Pacific Division. Furthermore, that .500 record ranks Los Angeles 9th overall in the Conference, just out of playoff reach. Considering that the Clippers are on a 6-year playoff appearance streak, they will be doing all they can to make the playoff cut this season. At the moment, the Clippers are 1 ½ games behind the 8th place Denver Nuggets. There’s plenty of time for the franchise to mount a rebound. And considering that the Clippers are on a 4-game win streak, the club might just be in the midst of that rebound. But should basketball betting online players take them over the Rockets this evening?
All in all, Houston is no pushover, which explains why bookies are having such a hard time sizing up this evening’s pairing. Current estimates have the Clippers pegged as a +170 underdog on the sports betting lines. If that were the case, placing some small action on Los Angeles wouldn’t be a bad idea. The Clippers are coming in with a good bit of momentum and will have the home court advantage as well.