Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Thursday Night Betting Picks
The 2019 online basketball betting season returns this Thursday night with a thrilling Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers contest. The Rockets stuttered into the All-Star break by posting a 1-2 record in the final 3 games leading to that point. The Lakers on the other hand haven’t had much success as of late and could really use a win at home this Thursday. So what kind of predictions should players learning how to bet on sports make here?
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers – Thursday, February 21st
When: 10:30 pm ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Stream: Drama on TNT, NBA League Pass
Online Basketball Betting Odds:
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The Rockets fly into this Thursday night matchup sporting a 33-24 record that pegs them as the best team in the Southwest Division. But in the Western Conference, the Rockets rank 5th overall. At the present moment the franchise is 8 games behind the conference leading Warriors so there’s plenty of room for improvement. As far as this Thursday’s matchup goes, the Rockets should open as heavy online basketball betting favorites here. After all, the Rockets are 8-2 in their last 10 versus Los Angeles are undefeated in their last 5 against the Lakers. While these two match up pretty evenly numbers wise, the Rockets are without a doubt the better team. In the end, they’ll be the ones making the late-game plays to win this contest.
Players to Watch: James Harden (36.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 7.7 apg), Clint Capela (17.6 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Eric Gordon (16.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.0 apg).
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers enter this Western Conference matchup sporting a 28-29 record that ranks them 4th overall in the Pacific. Meanwhile, the Lakers currently rank 10th overall in the Western Conference. Currently 3 games behind the 8th seeded Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers playoff hopes are clearly far from over. But will they be able to upset Houston at home here? Seeing as how Los Angeles posted a 1-4 record in their last 5, it seems highly unlikely that they’ll be able to topple Houston. Despite the fact that they’re playing at home here, sportsbook players should avoid baking LeBron and the Lakers.
Players to Watch: LeBron James (26.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 7.6 apg), Kyle Kuzma (19.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Brandon Ingram (17.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.0 apg).
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Predictions
- Houston is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
- Houston is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
- The TOTAL has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 6 games when playing LA Lakers
- LA Lakers is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games when playing Houston
- LA Lakers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
- The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Lakers’ last 7 games at home
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Picks
So which side should legal betting fans take in this Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers matchup? All things considered, Houston is the safest way to bet here. We’ll have to see how lopsided the money line is here but they’re likely to be a great straight up option. Either way you can make a teaser off of this one and rack up some value. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 130-121 Houston.