The Los Angeles Lakers (24-23) travel to face off against the Houston Rockets (21-24) on Monday, January 29th. This game will be played at Toyota Center in Houston and televised on Spac. The Lakers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Rockets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Warriors. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Lakers vs Rockets
The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win
The Lakers took down the Warriors in their most recent game with a final score of 145-144. The start of the second half saw the Lakers in the lead, at 68-63.
Coming into today’s game, the Lakers are 24-23 and are trying to stay above .500. In the Western Conference, they are 9th and are 4th in the Pacific division.
Los Angeles’ ATS record sits below .500 (21-26). Currently, the Lakers have a two game ATS win streak when they are favored, and they are 9-11 against the spread as underdogs.
The Rockets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Rockets will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Nets with a final score of 106-104. Despite the loss in the game, the Rockets managed to cover the spread as +4 point underdogs. Concerning the over/under, the total of 210 points remained below the established over/under line of 221.
In non-conference games, the Rockets have gone 6-13 while they have gone 15-11 against Western Conference teams. Overall, the Rockets are 21-24 this season and are 1-2 in their last three games.
Houston arrives with an ATS record of 24-20 for the season up to this point. This season, Houston has a 10-5 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 14-15 as underdogs.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
Through 47 games the Lakers are averaging 116 points per contest, placing them 14th in the NBA.
Heading into their matchup with the Rockets, the Lakers are 14th in the NBA in scoring at 116 points per game. However, they have been better on the road, averaging 115.2 points compared to 116.7 at home.
When it comes to pace, the Lakers are 6th in the league, averaging 101.1 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 7th at 49%.
One area where the Lakers have struggled is three-point shooting. They are 30th in the league in three-point attempts and 28th in made threes at 11.1 per game. Overall, they are 16th in three-point shooting percentage at 36%.
Rockets Offense Breakdown
This season, the Houston offense is ranked 21st in the NBA in scoring at 113.3 points per game.
At home this season, the Rockets are averaging 114.7 points per game, which is 20th in the NBA. Overall, they are 21st in scoring at 113.3 points per game. So far, Houston has outscored the NBA scoring average in 40% of their games.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Rockets are 27th in three-point shooting percentage at 35%. In terms of pace, Houston is 13th in the league at 99.2 possessions per game.
So far, the Rockets have made 46% of their field goal attempts, which is 26th in the NBA. In terms of assists, Houston is 25th in the league at 25 per game.
Lakers Team Defense
Currently, the Lakers’ defense holds the 17th rank in the NBA, allowing 116.8 points per game. For the season, Los Angeles is ranked 30th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 19.6 free-throws per game vs. the Lakers and have an overall field goal percentage of 47.3%.
Rockets Team Defense
So far, the Rockets’ defense is ranked 11th in the league at 112.4 points per contest. On two point field goal attempts, the Rockets’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 53.7% and allowing 34.1% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Lakers And Rockets
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Anthony Davis will be the primary scorer for the Lakers, with 24 points and going 9/16 from the field. This season, he is averaging 25 points per game along with 12.2 boards.
As for Houston, Alperen Sengün is projected to be the primary scorer for the Rockets. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 18, and adding 9 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 54.1% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 21.7 points per game.
Lakers vs Rockets Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Lakers have a straight up record of 3-7 while going 4-6 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 118 points per game in these contests.
- Through their last five home games, Houston has an ATS record of just 2-3. However, their overall record was 1-4 while averaging 112 points per game.
- As the betting underdog, the Lakers have an ATS record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 2-1.
- Against the spread, the Rockets have put together 1-2 in their last three games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 2-1 straight up.
As the underdogs with a spread of +1, we recommend going with the Lakers on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 229, and our model projects the Lakers and Rockets to reach a combined total of 231 points. Our bet is on taking the over.
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