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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 GTbets.eu), 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.

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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