Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/20/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/20/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers (10-18) at Houston Rockets (25-4)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -15.5 -- Over/Under: 224.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers could use a win here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 106.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 16.6 points and 6.6 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 16.3 points and 3.2 assists. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing five rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost 10 of their last 13 road games.

The Houston Rockets look to keep the ball rolling after not losing a game since November 14. The Houston Rockets are averaging 115.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 46.1 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31.3 points and nine assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 19.1 points and 2.1 assists. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.3 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won nine straight home games.

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The Lakers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest, 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. Western Conference and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games. The Lakers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Houston, 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Those who have followed me over the years know I'm not the guy who plays with big chalk and usually tries to make a case for the underdog and the points. The Lakers have been able to put up fights in games you wouldn't think they can, and their ability to score has allowed them to cover some nice numbers so far this season. However, the Houston Rockets are outscoring teams by 11 points at home this season, 12 points in their last five games and have beaten the Lakers by 20-plus points in each of the last three meetings. I don't lay big numbers often, but this is one of those spots it's probably a good bet.

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Randy’s Pick Houston Rockets -15.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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