Rockets vs Lakers Preview

Los Angeles Lakers Houston Rockets
2-3 November 07, 2013, 09:30 | Toyota Center 4-1

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

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Rockets currently sport a record of 4-1, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 3-1-1 ATS. The Lakers are 2-3 and 3-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Rockets post a 3-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Lakers have gone 4-1 against the number.

View Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets Odds and Stats.

The Rockets were listed as a -14-point Favorite at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including, while the total was listed at 218.5 over at 5Dimes earlier.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Rockets at No. 5 and the Lakers at No. 17 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 103-90 result in favor of the Rockets.


Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 123-104 loser as they battled the Mavericks on the road. The Lakers failed to cover in the match as a 9-point underdog, while 227 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Lakers got 21 points from Nick Young, but it was Dallas that prevailed in a 123-104 final on Tuesday at American Airlines Center.

In their last action, Houston was a 116-101 winner on the road against the Trail Blazers. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (217) was profitable news for OVER bettors. James Harden poured in 33 points for Houston on Tuesday, as they defeated Portland 116-101 at Rose Garden.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 109.4 PPG, against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 29 at 109 PPG. The Rockets field goal percentage has averaged 49.87% so far, more than the Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 41.72% per game.

Next up:
Los Angeles at Charlotte, Friday, November 8th