LA Lakers vs Houston Rockets Picks, Spread and Prediction

In a rematch of Sunday’s game and last season’s Western Conference Semifinal, the Houston Rockets (3-5), are hosting once again the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers (8-3). The hosts are struggling this season and have won only once in their last 4 games. On the other hand, the guests have been red-hot with 6 wins in their last 7 games .

Date/Time: 01-12-2021, 20:00 EDT Spread: Houston Rockets +5.5 Total: +225

Rockets have a 3-5 record (3-5 ATS, 3-4-1 O/U) and are second to last in the West. Under is 4-0-1 in their last 5, scoring just 108.6 ppg and having an average total of 215.2 in that span.

Lakers have an 8-3 record (5-6 ATS, 3-8 O/U) and are first in the West. Under is 8-1 in their last 9, allowing 104.1 ppg and having an average total of 215.4 points in that span.

In their previous meeting two days ago, the Lakers won on the road 102-120, beating the odds and the game was under. Under is 7-1 in their last 8 meetings. Lakers better both offensively (114.5 to 112.8 ppg) and defensively (106.2 to 112.8 ppg). Lakers have a total average of 220.7 this season and Rockets 225.6.

Over/Under is +225 and I’m going to pick under once again. Harden and the Rockets seem off and slow this season. The Lakers are better but are not forcing games unless they have to. Their stars are taking this slow and this can be seen by their season averages, which are lower than last season.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Under -225 (-113)

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