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Rockets vs Lakers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers
- Where: Los Angeles at Crypto.com Arena
- Date: Monday, January 16th
- Betting Odds LAL -6.5, HOU +216 | LAL -274 O/U OFF
The Rockets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 10-33. So far, the team has gone 16-25-2 against the spread. Over the Rockets current 10 game losing streak, they have an average scoring differential of -16.6 points per game.
Houston is trying to bounce back from a 121-100 loss to the Clippers. Going into this game, the team was 10 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Houston missed out on an opportunity to add a win to their resume, as they held a 1 point lead going into halftime. In the loss, Eric Gordon led the team in scoring with 24 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
So far, the Lakers have put together an overall record of 19-24, while going 19-21-3 vs the spread. Against the Rockets, the Lakers are looking to break out of a 3 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -6.0 points per contest.
Los Angeles will be gunning to get in the win column vs Houston, as they previously lost to the 76ers by a score of 113-112. However, because they entered as 5 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Los Angeles let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was LeBron James, as he contributed 35 points while hitting 65.2% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Last season, the Lakers finished with the leg up in their head-to-head games vs Houston, going 3-1. When they played the Rockets at home, they posted a mark of 2-0. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Rockets averaged 116.0 points per game vs Los Angeles, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Lakers also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 119.0 points per game vs Houston. Although the Rockets have the better ATS mark across the previous 5 head-head matchups at 4-1, the average scoring margin sits in favor of Los Angeles, as they averaged 120 points per game while allowing 117. Over the course of these games, they averaged 237 points per game, leading a 4-1 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Houston offense is ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring at 109.1 points per game. So far, the Rockets are averaging 99.0 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 28th in made field goals per game.
On defense, the Rockets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 30th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Rockets 2nd leading scorer, Kevin Porter Jr.. In his 40 games, Porter Jr. is averaging 19.2 points per game while dishing out 5.6 assists and grabbing 5.4 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Jalen Green, who leads the team and is 37th in the NBA at 21.5 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 40.6% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.0% of the team’s shots from the floor.
Through 43 games, Los Angeles is the 9th best scoring team at 116.5 points per game. So far, Los Angeles is averaging 102.8 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Heading into the game, the Lakers will look to continue with their formula of playing fast and getting to the basket, as they are near the top of the league in two-point fields made per game.
Defensively, Los Angeles has had its problems giving up an average of 115.15 points per game (28th).
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Lakers 2nd leading scorer, Anthony Davis. In his 25 games, Davis is averaging 27.4 points per game while dishing out 2.6 assists and grabbing 12.1 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of LeBron James, who leads the team and is 7th in the NBA at 29.2 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 50.7% of his field goal attempts while taking 25.2% of the team’s shots from the floor.
Rockets vs Lakers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Lakers -6.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF