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Houston RocketsLos Angeles Lakers
51-25April 08, 2014, 10:30 | STAPLES Center25-52

The Lakers will try to cover the spread at STAPLES Center on Tuesday when they get a visit from the Rockets in basketball action.

Los Angeles will face the 51-25 Rockets, who own a 38-35-3 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Lakers are 42-33-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Rockets are 39-35-2 favoring the OVER.View Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Lakers in this one found them as 10-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total had been sitting in the area of 225.5 at Bovada.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 27-rated Lakers and the No. 7-rated Rockets in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 102-91 win for the Rockets on Tuesday.

Houston won its last outing, a 130-125 result against the Nuggets on April 6. The Rockets failed to cover in that game as a 10.5-point favorite, while the 255 combined points took the game OVER the total. James Harden went off for 32 points and added 4 rebounds leading Houston to a 130-125 win over Denver on Sunday at Toyota Center.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 120-97 result against the Clippers on April 6. The Lakers failed to cover in that game as a 16-point underdog, while the 217 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Los Angeles was run off the court by the Clippers on Sunday as Los Angeles blasted them 120-97 at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 102.53 PPG, against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 19 at 102.41 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 44.86% so far, less than the Rockets shooters have achieved on the year, 47.25% per game.

A few Rockets at Lakers trends to consider:
Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
LA Lakers is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
LA Lakers is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Lakers's last 5 games
LA Lakers is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Denver, Wednesday, April 9th
Los Angeles home to Golden State, Friday, April 11th