The Rockets also entered Game 2 of their second round series desperate to avoid an 0-2 start at home and James Harden responded in a large way with a team-high 32 points and seven assists. Unlike LeBron, Harden didn’t need to do all of the work himself as Dwight Howard finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds while Trevor Ariza stepped up as well with 15 points and 13 rebounds. NBA Prediction Game 3 below.
Houston could have a tougher time on the highway in Los Angeles for Game 3 but when Harden and Howard can enjoy at the level they did in Game 2 they will still be tough to beat. A huge part of the game will soon be whether Chris Paul is the lineup after sitting the very first two games of the series as even although Clippers won Game 1 without him they didn’t look nearly as potent in Game 2 although Blake Griffin scored a game-high 34 points.
Griffin has emerged as an absolute beast to date in these playoffs and let’s assume that Paul returns to the lineup and plays well then Los Angeles should have the ability to bounce back with a win. However, if Paul is out again then that game becomes far more difficult to predict with the odds probably swinging back and only the Rockets winning that game on the road. NBA Prediction Los Angeles Clippers.