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Rockets visit Lakers in NBA clash

Houston RocketsLos Angeles Lakers
36-17February 19, 2014, 10:30 | STAPLES Center18-35

Houston pays a visit to Los Angeles on Wednesday, hoping to send the Lakers to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at STAPLES Center.

Los Angeles will face the 36-17 Rockets, who own a 27-23-3 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Lakers are 28-23-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Rockets are 23-28-2 favoring the OVER.

View Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Lakers rated this week at No. 28 and the Rockets sitting at No. 10. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 99-91 result in favor of the Rockets today.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 113-112 winner as they battled the Wizards at home. The Rockets failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point favorite, while 225 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Wizards were burned for 35 points by James Harden on Wednesday as the Rockets picked up a 113-112 win at Toyota Center.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 107-103 loser at home against the Thunder. They covered the 11-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (210) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Chris Kaman scored 19 points in a failed effort to lead the Lakers to victory (they lost 107-103 to Oklahoma City at STAPLES Center on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 15-ranked offense (100.47 PPG) against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 19 at 101.4 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 44.24% from the field per game, less than the Rockets have managed so far this season (47.43% on average).

Next up:
Houston at Golden State, Thursday, February 20th
Los Angeles home to Boston, Friday, February 21st