NBA Preview: Rockets vs Lakers
The Lakers will try to pay off for their supporters on Tuesday when they play host to the Rockets at STAPLES Center in NBA wagering action.
The Lakers sit at 33-15 (21-27 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Rockets are currently 22-27 (24-23-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Los Angeles is 19-29 OU, and Houston is 24-25 OU.
Oddsmakers opened the Lakers as 8.5-point favorites in this matchup, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 207.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the second-rated Lakers and the No. 11-ranked Rockets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 109-103 result in favor of the Lakers. That would be a Rockets cover.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Rockets rank No. 11 in the league with 42.3 per game. That compares with Los Angeles’s third ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Los Angeles is the NBA’s No. 12-ranked team at 6.8 per game, while the Rockets come in at number 8 with 7.8 per contest.
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In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Rockets own the league's No. 27-rated mark, allowing 108.2 points per game when on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates ninth in home scoring.
Last time out for Houston, they were a 108-95 loser as they battled the Spurs on the road. The Rockets failed to cover in the match as an 8-point underdog, while 203 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Houston got 23 points and 10 rebounds from Luis Scola in a losing cause in a 108-95 loss to San Antonio on Saturday at AT&T Center.
The Lakers were a 109-96 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Celtics. They failed to cover the 3–point spread as favorites, while the total score (205) made winners of OVER bettors. The Lakers got a terrific 41-point performance from Kobe Bryant but Boston handed them a 109-96 defeat on Sunday at STAPLES Center.
Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Utah are 7-3
After playing San Antonio are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing San Antonio are 8-2
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
A few Rockets at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
LA Lakers are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of the LA Lakers last 18 games at home
Houston at Utah, Wednesday, February 2
LA Lakers home to San Antonio, Thursday, February 3