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Rockets face Lakers: NBA odds preview

Houston RocketsLos Angeles Lakers
Jan 3, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds


The Lakers will hit the floor running against the visiting Houston Rockets on Tuesday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

This season the Lakers are 3-3 overall and 3-3 ATS against the number, while the Rockets are 2-2 and 2-2 ATS. As for the totals, Los Angeles is 0-6 on the OU, and Houston is 2-2.

View Houston vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Lakers installed as 7.5-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks at 192.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Lakers rated this week at No. 6 and the Rockets sitting at No. 3. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 98-94 result in favor of the Lakers today.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 8-rated squad against Houston's No. 19-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 25 in the league with 4.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 2 with 8.8 per outing.

Defensively, the Rockets feature the league's No. 29-rated defense on the road, allowing 108.5 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 21 in the league in scoring at home.

The Rockets were a 95-84 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Hawks. They covered the 1–point spread as favorites, while the total score (179) made winners of UNDER bettors. Houston got 27 points from Kevin Martin en route to a 95-84 victory over Atlanta on Saturday at Toyota Center.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 99-90 result against the Nuggets on January 1. The Lakers failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the 189 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Lakers got a 20-point performance from Pau Gasol, who added 11 rebounds, but Denver still ran past Los Angeles 99-90 on Sunday at Pepsi Center.

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After playing Atlanta are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Portland are 7-3
After playing Denver are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Rockets at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games
LA Lakers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at LA Clippers, Wednesday, January 4
LA Lakers at Portland, Thursday, January 5