Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Rockets vs Lakers Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Houston Rockets taking on the L.A. Lakers Thursday December 17 at the STAPLES Center Los Angeles, CA. 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 (12-14) vs. L.A. Lakers (4-21)
Date: Thursday December 17
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: STAPLES Center Los Angeles, CA
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -6
NBA Betting Total: 213
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The Lakers are coming off a rare win, but they are still a 6-point home underdog facing the most disappointing team in the league so far in the Rockets. However, this last weekend in Houston the Rockets laid a 127-96 beat-down on the Lakers.
The Rockets have lost 2 straight games since their easy win over L.A. Not only have they lost 2 straight, but both of those games came against sub-.500 teams.
The Lakers had lost 6 straight games before their win in their last game.
In their last games the Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-95 and the Rockets lost to the Sacramento Kings 107-97.
This season the Lakers are 2-6 at home and the Rockets are 5-7 on the road.
There has been speculation that Dwight Howard wants out of Houston, but he says that is not true. He is key for the Rockets’ success, as when he has at least 14 points the Rockets have won 7 of 8 games this season. In the loss to Sacto he had foul trouble and finished with a grand total of 4 points.
James Harden is one of the league’s leading scorers at 29 ppg, but Howard is the 2nd leading scorer only averaging 12.6 ppg.
The offense has not been the problem for the Rockets this season, as they rank a solid 5th in the league in scoring. However, their D has been terrible ranking 28th in the league in opponents’ points allowed.
In the home win over the Lakers this last Saturday the Rockets played solid defense holding L.A. to under 40% shooting from the field, dominated scoring in the paint, and forced 20 turnovers.
The Rockets had won 7 of 9 games until losing their last 2 in a row.
No surprise the Lakers only have 4 wins on a season since they only rank 24th in the league in scoring and 27th in opponents’ points allowed.
Kobe Bryant leads the team in scoring and after a horrid start to the season he is coming around with his shot and finding other players more.
He had 22 points in the win over the Bucks and they also moved the ball well, which has been rare for them ranking 27th in assists per game.
The PG duo of Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell are combining to average more than 27 ppg, but neither is averaging more than 4 assists per game and they have to move the rock more and get other players involved.
The Rockets have won 4 straight games facing the Lakers in L.A. and in those games Harden has averaged 32.8 ppg.
NBA Betting Trends:
- HOU is 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall.
- HOU is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss.
- LA is 9-19 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
- LA is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games.
- LA has an Over record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.
Free NBA Prediction:
The Rockets have covered the spread in their last 4 road games facing the Lakers and while L.A. is coming off a win that trend will continue.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets ATS
The Lakers may not get crushed like they did on Saturday in Houston, but the Rockets will still win and cover.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Rockets 108 Lakers 99
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