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Rockets take on Lakers in hoops contest

Houston RocketsLos Angeles Lakers
Nov 18, 9:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

4-5TEAM RECORD4-5

The Lakers hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Sunday as the Rockets pay a visit to STAPLES Center in NBA betting action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Lakers currently sports a record of 4-5, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-5 ATS. The Rockets are 4-5 and 4-4-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Lakers post a 5-4 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Rockets have gone 5-4 against the number.

View Houston vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened this morning as 7.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 205 at BetOnline and other shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 19 (Lakers) and the No. 16 (Rockets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 102-98 result in favor of the Lakers is predicted by handicapping models.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 3-rated squad against Houston's No. 5-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 14 in the league with 6.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 3 with 8.9 per outing.

Defensively, the Rockets feature the league's No. 25-rated defense on the road, giving up 102.5 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 119-117 loser as they battled the Trail Blazers on the road. The Rockets earned a push in the match as a 2-point underdog, while 236 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. James Harden went off for 29 points and added 6 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Portland defeated Houston, 119-117 at Rose Garden.

The Lakers were a 114-102 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Suns. They covered the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (216) made winners of OVER bettors. The Lakers got a 31-point performance from Kobe Bryant as Los Angeles handed Phoenix a 114-102 defeat on Friday at STAPLES Center.

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Utah are 6-4
After playing Portland are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Brooklyn are 8-2
After playing Phoenix are 9-1
After a win are 2-8

A few Rockets at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games on the road
Houston is 7-14 SU in their last 21 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at Utah, Monday, November 19
LA Lakers home to Brooklyn, Tuesday, November 20