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Lakers vs. Rockets - 1/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rockets at Lakers

NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Staples Center)

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TV: ROOT, TWC SN

The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers play Sunday night at the STAPLES Center.

The Houston Rockets have split their last six games and end a three-game road trip. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 103.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting and are allowing 99.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.3 points and 6.8 assists while Trevor Ariza is averaging 12.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. Patrick Beverley is dishing 3.3 assists and Josh Smith is shooting 43.2 percent from the field. The Houston Rockets have to improve defensively before they’re going to be taken seriously. In their last five games, the Rockets are allowing 113.4 points on 48.2 percent shooting from the field. The Rockets can’t keep trading baskets if they hope to make progress in the West. Dwight Howard is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.

Lakers vs. Rockets - 1/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers have lost seven straight games and play their first home game in 10 days. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 99.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting and are allowing 106.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Nick Young is averaging 14.5 points and one assist while Jordan Hill is averaging 12.4 points and eight rebounds. Carlos Boozer is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Jeremy Lin is dishing 4.5 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers offense is really struggling without Kobe Bryant on the floor, as they’re shooting 43.9 percent from the field in their last five games and have scored 85 or less points in two straight games. This season gets worse and worse for LA fans. Tarik Black is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.

The Rockets are 6-20 ATS in their last 26 Sunday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Lakers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. 

The Lakers are a lost cause, especially without their leader on the court. Look for the Rockets to stay hot offensively and win this thing by double digits. 

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