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The Los Angeles Lakers (16-18) travel to Toyota Center Tuesday to take on the Houston Rockets (10-24). Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Lakers vs. Rockets odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Lakers will be down big man F Anthony Davis and, despite F LeBron James‘ high level of play, they’ve continued to lose close games.
Los Angeles has been one of the league’s worst teams to bet on at just 12-22 against the spread (ATS). The Lakers are just 6-8 ATS away from the Staples Center and are 1-5 ATS as road favorites.
The Rockets are playing the second night of a back-to-back set after taking a road loss at the Charlotte Hornets Monday.
Led by C Christian Wood, the Rockets started 1-16, then went on a seven-game win streak before losing eight of ten games since. They’ve failed to cover four straight games and are 16-17-1 ATS this season.
Lakers at Rockets odds, spread and lines
Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Los Angeles has a rest advantage in this game with Houston on the second night of a back-to-back set. Beyond that, the Lakers are more talented and experienced than the Rockets, and Houston is notably struggling in some pivotal areas of the game.
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Broadly speaking, the Rockets are near the bottom of the NBA in both offensive and defensive efficiency this season. Houston is dead-last in the league in turnover rate on offense and, while the Rockets get to the free throw line with impressive frequency, Houston is dead-last in free throw accuracy.
Defensively, the Rockets are second-worst in the NBA in preventing free throw attempts, and the Lakers are in the top five in creating trips to the charity stripe. Finally, Houston is second-worst in two-point percentage allowed, and the Lakers are converting more than 53 percent of attempts inside the three-point arc this season.