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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets - 12/3/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (17-4) at Los Angeles Lakers (8-14)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +11.5 -- Over/Under: 225 See the Latest Odds

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The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers meet Sunday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Houston Rockets look for another victory to build on their six-game winning streak. The Houston Rockets are averaging 113.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 103.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31.5 points and 9.8 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 19.2 points and 2.7 assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Ryan Anderson is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won five straight road games.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets - 12/3/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers need a feel good victory here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 106.6 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 16.7 points and 1.6 assists while Brandon Ingram is averaging 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won five of their last eight home games.

The Rockets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Lakers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The Rockets are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles, 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings and the favorite is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings.

Neither of these teams are great defensively, and we've seen what the Rockets do when they play up-tempo teams that don't defend. It gets ugly. That's why I'm siding with the over here. These teams are averaging a combined 230 points in their last five games and the Rockets are shooting 41.6 percent from deep during that span. The over is also 5-0 in the last five meetings between these two clubs and 6-1 in the Lakers last seven games. Give me the over.

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