NBA odds preview - Lakers vs. Rockets
Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets Odds
The Rockets will hit the floor running against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.
The Rockets sport records of 20-14 and 20-13-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Lakers sit at 15-18 and 13-20 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 20-14 for the Rockets and 19-14 for the Lakers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Rockets at No. 12 and the Lakers at No. 11 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 106-105 result in favor of the Rockets.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 106.2 PPG, against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 26 at 100.8 PPG. The Rockets field goal percentage has averaged 45.9% so far, more than the Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 45.3% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Lakers own the league's No. 29-rated mark, allowing 105.7 points per game when playing on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 1 in scoring on their home court.
In their last action, Los Angeles was a 112-105 loser at home against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (217) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Kobe Bryant went off for 29 points and added 5 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Denver defeated Los Angeles, 112-105 at STAPLES Center.
The Rockets were a 112-104 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Cavaliers. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (216) made winners of OVER bettors. James Harden scored 29 points for Houston on Saturday, leading the Rockets to a 112-104 victory over Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena.
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing San Antonio are 8-2
After playing Denver are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6
Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing New Orleans are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a win are 8-2
A few Lakers at Rockets trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of the LA Lakers last 9 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston's last 9 games when playing LA Lakers
Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
Houston is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
LA Lakers at San Antonio, Wednesday, January 9
Houston at New Orleans, Wednesday, January 9