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(33-24) Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (28-29)
Date: Thursday February 21, 2019
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 234.5
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Houston has title aspirations and even thought the first half was a little rougher than expected they look like at least a threat to the Warriors. James Harden is awesome obviously.
The Lakers looked good early but really struggled when LeBron got hurrt and have not been able to find that form again. The break might have been well timed for them.
James Harden comes out of the break looking to extend his amazing streak of 30+ point performance. The Lakers have some long bodies they can run at him but at this point it doesn’t seem to matter.
With Chris Paul back and getting more comfortable you would think he could ease up a little but that has not been the case at all. Paul is looking better but he is clearly option 2.
Daryl Morey has to be considered one of the top masterminds. When Clint Capela got hurt he found Kenneth Faried and he has been awesome for Houston. Capela is expected back for this one though.
Capela was having a great season and should fit back in easily because you never have to run anything for him. He is content to just grab misses and alley oops.
Houston lost their last game heading into the break and now that they are healthy might be looking to make a statement that they are going to have to be reckoned with down the stretch.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers did not make a significant move at the deadline and they might be kicking themselves for that if they find themselves outside of the playoffs this season. Reggie Bullock is not a big difference maker.
It is very possible that LeBron James goes into Hulk mode and drags them into the postseason but the Lakers lost their last game before the break at hapless Atlanta to fall just under .500 on the season. They have work to do and are running out of time to do it.
Lonzo Ball looks like he will forever be a lightning rod but he does some things well. He is going to be out for a few weeks though and depth has been a problem for L.A. I have always liked Rajon Rondo though.
NBA Betting Trends:
- HOU are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- Under is 10-3 in HOU last 13 Thu. games.
- Over is 6-2-1 in HOU last 9 vs. Western Conference.
- Under is 34-16-1 in LAL last 51 home games.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
This looks like a great spot to back the Lakers and LeBron. Hopefully they used the time off to regroup.
On the flip side getting Houston at such a small number is very tempting too.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Houston -2.5
I think the Rockets will ride Harden and some energy inside from Capela and Faried to the road win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Rockets 116 – Lakers 110
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