Free NBA Pick: Lakers vs Rockets Lines
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(10-13) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets (14-7)
Date: Wednesday December 7th
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center – Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Lakers -110, Rockets -110
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 222.0
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Two potential playoff contenders in the Western Conference will face off this Wednesday as the Los Angeles Lakers head down to Texas to take on the Houston Rockets. These two teams faced each other to start the 2016 season, and the Lakers won that matchup 120-114.
The Lakers have fallen on hard times as of late. They started off the season very well to the surprise of many experts, but injuries and losses are starting to pile up. They have lost three straight coming into this one, including a 107-101 home loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday.
On the other hand, the Rockets have been on a roll lately.
They have won three straight, including a 132-127 overtime shootout against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday and a tight 107-106 win over the Boston Celtics Monday. They are currently in 4th place in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have looked much better than anyone expected them to this year under new head coach Luke Walton.
They looked like a playoff contender early on, but injuries have begun to bring them back down to Earth.
They point guard D’Angelo Russel, shooting guard Nick Young, backup point guard Jose Calderon and forward Larry Nance Jr. All of those had been key contributors to the Lakers’ early success.
Los Angeles is currently 12th in the NBA in scoring with 104.9 points per game. They are 11th in rebounding with 44.6 and 20th in assists with 21.0 per night.
Defensively, they are one of the worst in the NBA , and that will be problematic against the high-powered offense of the Rockets. The Lakers allow 109.3 points per game which ranks 27th in the league.
Lou Williams leads the Lakers in scoring with 18.4 points per game as well as 3.5 assists. Many of their other statistical leaders will be out of this game due to injury.
Jordan Clarkson contributes 14.9 points per game, and Julius Randle adds 12.5 points along with 8.8 rebounds a night.
The Rockets have faced a tough schedule over the last week and had to play in some very tight games.
The most exciting was certainly the overtime thriller against Golden State on Thursday, in which James Harden looked like a potential MVP.
Harden has been great all year and will certainly gain consideration for the award if he can continue playing like he has lately.
The high-powered Houston offense currently ranks 2nd in the NBA in scoring with 111.1 points per game. They are tied for 16th in rebounding with 44.0 and 4th in assists with 24.1 per game.
The defense has been up and down, but mostly down. The Rockets allow 107.4 points per contest which ranks 23rd in the league.
James Harden has been a monster this year, scoring 28.7 points and dishing 11.6 assists per game. Eric Gordon adds 16.6 points and Ryan Anderson contributes 12.9 points per night.
Clint Capela has improved greatly this year and leads the team in rebounding with 8.4 per game. He also contributes 12.0 points.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 1-4 ATS in last 5 games
- Lakers are 0-5 ATS in last 5 games against Western Conference opponents
- Rockets are 9-3 ATS in last 12 games
- Rockets are 5-0 ATS in last 5 games against team with losing record
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
The Lakers have faced injury after injury this year, and they will be without three starters in this game. Although they won the last matchup between the two, it is hard to see them pulling this one off.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets +10.5
The Rockets are on a roll, playing at home and have an MVP candidate playing at a career-high level.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 103 – Houston 117
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