Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Rockets vs Lakers Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Houston Rockets taking on the LA Lakers on Sunday January 17 at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Houston Rockets 21-20 (8-10 V) vs. L.A. Lakers 9-32 (5-12 H)
Date: Sunday January 17
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Staples Center, LA, Cal.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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The Rockets look to rebound from a home loss against the Cavaliers on Friday night as they get a chance at the Lakers on Sunday night inside the Staples Center.
Houston raced out to an early lead Friday, but Lebron James and company were just too much to handle as the Cavaliers pulled ahead and never looked back.
Los Angeles will be in action Saturday in Utah, before returning home, putting them in a back-to-back situation. The Lakers fell inside Oracle Arena on Thursday night by 18.
The Rockets were in the perfect situation. They had rattled off 5 straight wins and were finally playing the basketball every thought they would play this season. They ran into a Cavaliers team that had to play in San Antonio on Thursday night, making this a tough spot for them.
After Houston grabbed an early 7 point, things took a turn for the worst. Lebron James and the Cavaliers absolutely dominated from that point and grabbed a very large lopsided win.
Houston had just 3 players score in double figures with Dwight Howard leading the way with 14 points. Harden played one of his worst games as he had just 11 on 2 of 10 shooting.
The Rockets did have their way back on 12/17 as they went into the Staples Center and held LA to just 42.9% shooting in a 20 point victory.
The Lakers played with the Warriors for a half on Thursday, but then eventually came back down to reality. The reeling Lakers will look to put an end to their losing streak on Saturday in Utah before coming home to take on Houston.
Los Angeles will try to reverse their fortunes at home, a place that hasn’t been kind to them this season. The Lakers are just 5-12 SU and are scoring just 95.6 points per game this season at home.
With health being a major concern, it remains questionable whether or not Kobe Bryant will play here on Sunday. With the Lakers playing 3 games in 5 days and this being a 2nd leg of a back-to-back, it wouldn’t be surprising to let Bryant rest up bit.
Look for the Lakers to use Brandon Bass down low, should be stay healthy, as they’ll have their hands full with Dwight Howard. Howard has really stepped his game up lately, which will certainly cause this younger and shorter Lakers team some fits.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Rockets are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games.
- Lakers are 14-36-1 ATS in their last 51 vs. Western Conference.
- Lakers are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Southwest.
Free NBA Prediction:
This Lakers team is just too tough to cap. You never know who will sit out and with them being so young, these guys can either come out firing or be extremely flat.
With Houston getting a day off to recover from that beatdown Cleveland gave them, this is a solid spot to see the Rockets take on some frustrations. Los Angeles won’t have any answers for Howard or Harden here.
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NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston 112- Los Angeles 92
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