Houston Rockets (40-24) at Los Angeles Lakers (49-14)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -7 -- Over/Under: 230.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Houston Rockets need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 118.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 114.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 34.4 points and 7.4 assists while Russell Westbrook is averaging 27.5 points and seven assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have split their last eight road games.
The Los Angeles Lakers look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 114.3 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.7 points and 9.4 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 25.7 points and 10.6 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won six of their last seven home games.
The Rockets are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Los Angeles. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles. The over is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.
The Houston Rockets have looked bad over the last week, and they're losing their last five games by an average of eight points while allowing 48.7 percent shooting from the field and 40.4 percent from deep. Is this just a hiccup in a long regular season or have teams caught up to the small ball? The Los Angeles Lakers will be eager to bounce back after a lousy loss to the Brooklyn Nets, and they're still 17-13-1 against the spread at home. I don't like what I'm seeing from the Rockets right now. I'll lay the reasonable number.