Houston Rockets at LA Lakers NBA Pro Basketball
Time: 10:35 PM ET TV: ESPN
The LA Lakers return home after a long 7 game road trip to host the Houston Rockets. LVSC sent the opening number out and made the Lakers a 7-point favorite with the over under coming in at 194 ½. The early money has been on the Rockets as the Lakers are currently a 5-½ point favorite. There has been a strong move on the over as the total is lined at 198. Houston enters this game off a 114-109 loss at Phoenix as the Suns shot for 54% from the field. The Lakers are 3-0 straight up against the Rockets this season and crushed the Rockets 111-82 back in November. The Lakers has shot 50% or better in all meetings against the Rockets on the season. LA is #3 in the league in home scoring averaging 108.6 points per game. LA has clinched home court throughout the Western Conference playoffs. The Lakers trail the Cleveland Cavaliers for the best record in the league by 2 in the loss column with 7 games to play. With two victories over Cleveland this season the Lakers own the tiebreaker. LA also owns the tiebreaker over Boston and has a 3 game lead in the loss column in the standings. The Houston Rockets currently sits in the 4th seed in the Western Conference. The Rockets trail the San Antonio Spurs in the Southwest Division in the West by just 1 game in the standings. The word in Lakers camp is that Phil Jackson wants his team to win 60 games this season before cutting down playing time for his starters to rest them for the playoffs. The Lakers currently have 59 wins on the season. The Rockets goal this season is to make it to at least the second round of the playoffs. To gain home court in the first round the Rockets would have to hold off New Orleans and Portland who trail the Rockets by only a ½ game in the standings for all-important 4th seed in the West.
Trend: LA Lakers are 9-1 to the under in their past 10 games
The Wagerline consensus has 69.7% of the bettors on LA Lakers –5.5
The Wagerline consensus has 56.3% of the bettors playing over 198