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2023 NBA Handicapping Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
(6-4) Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (7-6)
Date: Sunday, November 19th
Time: 9:30 PM ET
Venue: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles
Moneyline NBA Odds: Rockets +215 | Lakers -256 (Bet Now!)
NBA ATS Betting Odds: Lakers -5.5
Today’s NBA Betting Total (O/U): 218.5
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It’s the second meeting between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers this season with the Rockets blasting LA in the first meeting 128-94.
Houston arrives following a 100-106 loss to the Clippers on Friday ending their six-game winning streak while the Lakers also played Friday in a 107-95 victory versus the Trail Blazers.
Although the Lakers hold the all-time record between the clubs with 146 victories in 234 matches it’s the Rockets who took the initial meeting between the clubs this season beating LA by 34 points.
Last season the Lakers won two of the three contests between the clubs.
New head coach Ime Udoka has his squad dialed in to play defense and while they’ve played a majority of middle-tier teams there is no denying this team has taken a step, particularly on defense.
Dillon Brooks, Fred VanVleet, and Jeff Green have contributed to the new defensive mindset and are leading the youngsters as they create a new identity in Houston.
The Rockets are tied for 16th offensively (111.8), and rank fourth defensively (107.8), with a net differential of plus +4.0 ranking eighth overall.
Houston possesses a 6-3-1 record against the spread through 10 games.
Rockets Injury Report
To summarize the injury report…
- Victor Oladipo, SG (OUT indefinitely—knee)
- Amen Thompson, PG (Friday was downgraded to OUT, so at best is questionable—ankle)
Los Angeles Lakers
Earmarked as one of the teams expected to vie for the Western Conference the Lakers are middling with just a single win against the seven teams they’ve played with winning records.
Part of the issue is tied to injuries but they’ve had their superstars for most matches so the issues are deeper than a few reserves being out injured.
Offensively is where their greatest struggles have occurred with a lack of spacing meaning the paint is clogged as opponents tempt them to shoot from the perimeter.
LA ranks 21st offensively (110.6), and 17th defensively (112.6), with a net differential of minus -2.0 ranking 20th overall.
The Lakers aren’t a sure thing against the spread with a 5-8 record through 12 games.
Lakers Injury Report
To summarize the injury report…
- Jarred Vanderbilt, SF (OUT indefinitely—heel)
- Jalen Hood-Schifino, SG (OUT indefinitely—knee)
- Gabe Vincent, PG (OUT indefinitely —knee)
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Rockets vs. Lakers NBA Betting Trends:
- All in all, the Rockets are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games.
- Also, the Rockets are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games against LA Lakers.
- By comparison, the Lakers are 5-10 ATS in their last 15 games.
- Also, the Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
LA will have a clear motivation to return the favor from the first meeting. Ironically, it’s the Rockets who are playing with stout defense which is something pundits expected the Lakers to bring this season.
LA may be missing Vanderbilt but there’s no reason for them to be struggling defensively as more than 70% of defense is tied to effort. Neither team is feasting on the boards as they rank 18th (Rockets) and 19th (Lakers) for total rebounds.
The main difference on the glass is Houston collects more offensive boards which gives them additional second-chance opportunities whereas the Lakers rank dead last in both their own and opponent’s second-chance scoring.
Couple that with LA ranking seventh for scoring in the paint while the Rockets allow the sixth-fewest points in the paint.
LA plays better at home while Houston has yet to win on the road. The Lakers may capture the ‘W’ but I think the Rockets are a more reliable bet so take the points.
4* Free Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Betting Pick: Rockets +5.5
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