NBA Lakers vs. Rockets Picks & Predictions for Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Print
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HOUSTON, TX (ATS Consultants) – Will the Houston Rockets win their fifth straight game and cover the spread when they host the struggling Los Angeles Lakers tonight at 8:00PM ET?

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GAME INFO: Last game (Dec. 4) HOUSTON (-1) over LA Lakers, 107-105. The Lakers (15-18 SU, 13-19-1 ATS, 18-14-1 O/U) are imploding right now thanks to injuries and age. They are coming off three straight losses including a 112-105 loss at home to Denver, giving 5.5 on Sunday. The Rockets (20-14 SU, 20-13-1 ATS, 20-14 O/U) have won four straight, including a 112-104 road win over Cleveland on Saturday, giving 6. The Lakers visit the Toyota Center on Tuesday at 8pmET to take on the Houston Rockets.

ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Lakers as 8-point road underdogs versus the Rockets while the over/under total is currently sitting at 220.5 points.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Rockets opened as 7-point favorites but the line has been bet up to 8 at most sports books. As for the total, it opened at 219.5 and has been bet up to 220.5.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 58% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Rockets. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.

NBA FREE PICK: Take Houston. According to latest NBA trends, Lakers are 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 road games, 9-25-1 ATS in their last 35 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest,  1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and are 2-15 ATS in their last 17 Tuesday games. Houston is 6-2 ATS last 8 in series, 6-1 ATS last 7 in series, 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall,  8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win,  7-1 ATS in their last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game,  6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game,  5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games and is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

The Lakers are a mess right now. Dwight Howard (pictured) and Kobe Bryant are squabbling and now Howard is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury. They take on a very hot Houston club that is very young but made the trade of the year. They dealt away Kevin Martin, picks and several young players for James Harden, who is now a star. Harden averages 26.4ppg but the loss of Dwight Howard is a big one for the Lakers as he's a great rebounder (12.4rpg) and can protect the rim. The Rockets want to push the tempo to make sure they wear down Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and World Metta Peace. They'll get in transition and run away from the Lakers.

2013 NBA FREE PICK: HOUSTON ROCKETS -8

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