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Rockets at Lakers - 12/17/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (12-14) at Los Angeles Lakers (4-21)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 213 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers square off Thursday night at the Staples Center.

The Houston Rockets look for a nice road victory after splitting their last six games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 107.1 points on 47 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 29 points and 6.7 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 12.6 points and 11.6 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 2.4 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.4 turnovers per game. The Houston Rockets have lost four of their last six road games.

Rockets at Lakers - 12/17/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers need a big victory after losing six of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 97.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 46 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 16.5 points and 4.1 rebounds while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15 points and 2.1 assists. Louis Williams is dishing 2.3 assists and Julius Randle is grabbing 9.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Lakers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.7 turnovers per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost five of their last seven home games.

The Rockets are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Lakers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southwest and 9-19 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles and 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

I don't trust the Rockets as far as I can throw them. Houston is sloppy, doesn't play defense and does nothing but shoot 30-plus threes per game. Fading the Rockets may be the best bet in the NBA, as this team is downright awful. 

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Los Angeles Lakers +6.5

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