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2021 NBA Handicapping
(8-3) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets (3-5)
Date: Tuesday, January 12th
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 223
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Tuesday, January 12th, finds the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers playing the second game against each other in the last three days. In the first meeting, the Lakers won 120-102.
The Lakers hold the all-time record winning 139 of the 224 meetings. Last season the clubs played three times with the Rockets taking two out of the three contests.
Los Angeles Lakers
The defending champions are progressing smoothly through the early stages of the season sitting atop the Western Conference with the best overall record in the league.
They played this Rockets crew this weekend and things got pretty chippy with a former Lakers player getting ejected. Mind you DeMarcus Cousins never got to play for LA because he suffered an injury in the offseason and it led to the team cutting him.
Perhaps Boogie decided to let the Lakers know how he felt as he got into two altercations and in the second incidence smacked LeBron James in the head which led to his ejection.
Anthony Davis led the team in scoring with 27 points in under 30 minutes while James offered 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists in 30:21 of playing time.
Talent Horton-Tucker (17), Montrezl Harrell (16), and Kyle Kuzma (13) were the other double-figure contributors.
The Lakers sit in the top five of the three main categories ranking fourth offensively, third defensively, and first in net rating.
Unlike the majority of their peers, the Lakers enter this game on Tuesday with no injuries to report.
The Rockets were the first team this season to have to postpone a game due to COVID-19 wreaking havoc on their roster. Now with everyone back they are attempting to find chemistry amid constant rumors their top player James Harden still wants to be traded.
In the loss, Harden registered 20 points, six rebounds, and nine assists. Christian Wood led the scoring with 23 points. John Wall delivered a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Cousins played only eight minutes before being ejected.
The Rockets struggled in numerous areas but in particular, couldn’t stop the Lakers in transition or protect the paint. LA scored an incredulous 62 points in the paint and outscored the Rockets 32 to 7 in fast break points.
Adding to their issues the Rockets turned the ball over 21 times leading to 30 easy Lakers points.
Brodric Thomas has an ankle sprain that caused him to miss the last two matches. Danuel House Jr. has missed the last four games with a back injury. Both are listed as questionable for Tuesday.
Chris Clemons (Achilles) is lost for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-0 in LAL last 8 road games.
- HOU are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
- HOU are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
While many of the same city consecutive games have resulted in split decisions the Lakers simply looked unbeatable on Sunday. With no players expected to miss the game, it’s hard to imagine a different result.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Lakers ATS
That said, the Rockets weren’t happy and the testiness is likely to carry over to the Tuesday match but the question is whether they’ll bring the same effort to the game as they did via engaging in verbal arguments.
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