Rockets vs Lakers Pick – NBA Predictions & Odds 3/15/23
Los Angeles Lakers (33-35) vs. Houston Rockets (16-52)
March 15, 2023 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Rockets +2.5; Over/Under: -
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Toyota Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 116.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 117.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 29.5 points and 8.4 rebounds, while Anthony Davis is averaging 25.9 points and 12.5 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Lonnie Walker IV is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game.
The Houston Rockets are averaging 110.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 118.5 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Jalen Green is averaging 21.7 points and 3.8 rebounds, while Kevin Porter Jr. is averaging 18.5 points and 5.4 rebounds. Alperen Sengun is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Smith Jr. is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.4 rebounds per game.
The Lakers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Rockets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Lakers last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 overall. The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Houston.
I know the Houston Rockets have been more competitive lately and the Lakers are on the end of a back to back. However, this short line is wild. The Lakers are winning and need to keep winning to sneak into the playoffs. The Rockets are trying to lose for more ping pong balls. If you’re grabbing this small line with the Rockets, you’re saying they can win this game. I don’t think so. Give me the Lakers.