Date/Time: January 8, 8:00 pm EST
Basketball Odds from WagerWeb
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NBA Betting Trends
Los Angeles Lakers
- LA Lakers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Houston
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
- LA Lakers are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Houston
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of the LA Lakers last 9 games when playing Houston
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games at home
- Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston’s last 9 games when playing LA Lakers
- Houston is 8-15 SU in their last 23 games when playing LA Lakers
Things just aren’t getting any better for the Los Angeles Lakers. Steve Nash’s return was supposed to be the catalyst for the team, but that hasn’t worked out. The latest breaking news is that both Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol are now out with injuries. The two big men had been struggling, but the Lakers can’t afford to be without these guys. Houston has won eight of their last ten games, and they are quietly rising quickly in the standings.
The Lakers aren’t used to playing second fiddle to anyone, but they are taking a back seat to the Clippers and plenty of other teams in the Western Conference right now. Los Angeles is just 15-18 on the year, and everyone is looking for answers. Kobe Bryant is having a terrific season, but the supporting cast has been a huge disappointment. On paper, this should be a better team than it was a year ago, but so far this year that just hasn’t happened.
Steve Nash hasn’t been exceptional since he returned from an injury, but he has helped the team. Nash has three straight double doubles, and he is shooting better than 50% from the floor on the season. Gasol and Howard are expected to miss several games, so who will pick up for them in the post? Antawn Jamison and Jordan Hill should get quite a bit more minutes, but it’s hard to imagine them sparking the team to tons of success. There are chemistry issues here, and something must be figured out soon.
Houston does it their own way, and it has been working very well of late. The Rockets push the tempo more than any other team in the NBA. This team is all about getting out in transition and trying to get easy buckets. Jeremy Lin hasn’t put up sensational numbers, but he is great at starting the fast break. James Harden has been everything the team could have hoped for when they traded for him at the start of the season. Harden is fifth in the NBA in points per game at 26.4 points per contest. He is the type of guy who can score by getting to the basket or shooting it from deep.
The emergence of Chandler Parsons and Patrick Patterson has been huge for the Rockets offense. Both of these guys are putting career high numbers, and they are the second and third leading scorers for this squad. Omer Asik was a very good pickup in the offseason as well, and he has really helped the Rockets down low. Houston leads the league in scoring this year. The Rockets are averaging 106.2 points per game. This team is at its best when it is being active on the defensive end and turning forced turnovers into easy layups on the other end.
Houston isn’t a good matchup for this Lakers team. The Rockets ability to run and gun better than the Lakers can should result in a Houston win.
Rockets 112 Lakers 105
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