Basketball-Reference.com gave the Clippers a 53.9% chance of beating the
The Clippers had a 3-1 lead over the Rockets in their best-of-seven second-round series before losing Games 5 and 6. In Game 6 on Thursday, the Rockets overcame a 19-point third-quarter deficit by outscoring the Clippers in the fourth quarter, 40-15.
Only eight teams in
The winner of Game 7 will play the
This will be the Clippers' second Game 7 of these playoffs, and their fourth Game 7 in the last three years. The Clippers had Game 7 victories in the first round over Memphis in 2012 (on the road), Golden State in 2014 (at home) and San Antonio earlier this month (at home).
Nearly 80% of home teams win Game 7 in NBA playoff series. But the Clippers have proven to be good on the road this season, winning a franchise-best 26 away games during the regular season, and beating the Rockets in Game 1 in Houston during their playoff series.