Lakers vs. Rockets Prediction
Will the Los Angeles Lakers continue their surge up the Western Conference standings when they go on the road tonight to face the Houston Rockets at 8PM ET?
559 Los Angeles Lakers at 560 Houston Rockets
Thursday, December 13, 2018
8PM ET – Toyota Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Rockets are favored at home in this game, as they are getting odds of -5.5 points against the Lakers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 223 points. The public betting currently has 75 percent going on Lakers on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Lakers turning a corner
The Lakers have really been on a roll over recent weeks. They have won six of their last seven, including their last two games. Los Angeles is 17-10 overall, 6-6 on the road, 11-15-1 against the spread and 17-9-1 with the under.
Los Angeles is putting up 113.1 points per game this season while shooting 47.4 percent from the field. Defensively, L.A. is giving up 110.9 points per game while holding opponents to 44.7 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 28.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game to lead the Lakers while Kyle Kuzma is adding 17.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. The team continues to be without guard Rajon Rondo (hand) and forward Brandon Ingram (ankle) due to injuries.
Rockets can’t get on a hot streak
The Rockets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 111-104 win over Portland at home on Tuesday. Houston hasn’t been able to sustain winning for very long this year. The Rockets are just 12-14 on the season, 6-5 at home, 10-16 against the spread and 14-12 with the over.
Houston has struggled on offense this season, which has been a big surprise. The team is averaging just 108.4 points per game while shooting only 44.8 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from the arc. Defensively, Houston is allowing 109.5 points per game while opponents shoot 47.4 percent against them. James Harden is averaging 30 points, 5.3 rebounds and 8.1 assists for the Rockets while Clint Capela adds 17.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Lakers are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games following a failed cover and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games.
The Rockets are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games playing on one day of rest.
Houston picked up a win over the Lakers in Los Angeles back in October, but the Lakers are playing like a much different team now. The Lakers have won six of their last seven and shouldn’t be intimidated by Houston’s scoring potential. LeBron has the Lakers playing at a high level while the Rockets haven’t shown any consistency and seem set for another disappointing finish.
NBA Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers +5.5