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Rockets at Lakers - 1/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (21-20) at Los Angeles Lakers (9-32)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

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

TV: TWC SN

The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers meet Sunday night at the Staples Center.

The Houston Rockets look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 103.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 104.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.6 points and 6.7 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 14.2 points and 11.9 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Ty Lawson is dishing 4.1 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game. The Houston Rockets have lost six of their last 10 road games. Patrick Beverley is questionable with an ankle injury.

Rockets at Lakers - 1/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers could use a victory after losing five of their last six games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 96.7 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 17 points and 3.4 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.3 points and 3.8 rebounds. Louis Williams is dishing 2.8 assists and Julius Randle is grabbing 9.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Lakers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.9 turnovers per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost six of their last nine home games.

The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games. The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Southwest. The Rockets are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.

Do we trust the Rockets enough for them to cover a big number against anybody? Didn't think so. The Lakers aren't winning much but have gained confidence over the last week or so. Give me the points.

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Lakers +9

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