Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Betting Odds & Preview
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The Houston Rockets have two games left on the regular season to make an impression on the NBA betting odds makers. The Rockets, who made some eye-catching moves in the offseason, have successfully usurped the Golden State Warriors for the No. 1 spot in the West. However, most NBA parlay picks makers are taking the Warriors in the postseason if and when they happen to face each other. Will James Harden be able to change this notion in Tuesday’s Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers matchup?
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers – Tuesday, April 10th
When: 9:30 pm ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Stream: Drama on TNT, NBA League Pass
NBA Betting Odds:
The Rockets fly into this evening’s matchup sporting a 64-16 record. That ranks them 1st in the Southwest Division and 1st in the Western Conference as well. Currently, Houston has a 6 ½ game lead over the Golden State Warriors. And with the end of the season in sight, there’s no question Houston will get the No. 1 seed in the postseason. As for tonight’s matchup; this evening’s pairing will mark the 4th time this season these two have met. With the Rockets winning 2 out of the previous three, it’s easy to see why they’re pegged as heavy favorites this evening. Despite being on the road, the Rockets h should have no problem picking up the win.
Players to Watch: James Harden (30.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 8.7 apg), Chris Paul (18.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 7.9 apg), and Eric Gordon (18.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.2 apg).
Los Angeles Lakers
Despite LaVar Ball’s preseason promises, it’s pretty clear that the Lakers will not be making the playoffs this season. In fact, Los Angeles has already been eliminated from postseason contention. Moreover, it’s pretty clear that they’re going to need to address the Lonzo Ball situation, since Ball is only averaging 10.2 per game. Nevertheless, the Lakers did manage to finish the year with the NBA’s 10th best scoring. As for next year, bettors can expect to see LaVar make lofty promises and Los Angeles will still likely fall short. Los Angeles is 1-5 in their last 6, hence why the NBA betting odds are siding against them so heavily this evening.
Players to Watch: Julius Randle (16.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.6 apg), Kyle Kuzma (16.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Brandon Ingram (16.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.9 apg).
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Predictions
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Picks
So which team should betting sportsbook players favor in this Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers matchup? All in all, Houston is the only way to bet. The only problem is that there’s not much value in taking them straight up. Alternatively, bettors can take them to cover that 8 ½ point spread. Houston may not have had much luck against the spread lately, but they should be able to romp the lowly Lakers this evening. Sign up now to make this NBA prediction!
Score Prediction: 114-98 Houston. The Rockets pick up a road win and cover the spread. The TOTAL will be UNDER in this matchup.