Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets 1/18/2020 Odds Picks and Previews
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Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets 1/18/2020 – Seeing these two teams on one headline, you know that fireworks are coming as the Los Angeles Lakers are paying the Houston Rockets a visit. The game will be held at the Toyota Center on Sunday, January 18. NBA League Pass and SofaScore will have the match live at 8:30 pm Eastern Time while ABC will air the game on television. The Lakers are battling to get back on top of the NBA standings but the Rockets own two former MVPs running the offense. Even having home-court advantage, the Rockets are seen by NBA Games Today Odds as the slight upper hand in this match against the Lakers and should take the victory.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets 1/18/2020
Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets 1/18/2020 Betting Odds
Los Angeles Lakers Betting
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are already considered one of the best tandems formed by the Lakers and in NBA history even with just a few games. However, their supporting cast relies heavily on them and they need to get Kyle Kuzma going to give their opponents more problems to think about. Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green had become vital pieces to the team’s championship run while Alex Caruso has won the hearts of the fans worldwide. Against the Rockets, they need to maximize what they have in the paint as they only have Clint Capela to worry about especially that Davis is expected to miss this game. They are coming off a humiliating loss against the Orlando Magic and they would like to get back to winning form immediately.
Players to watch: L. James SF 39 GP 39 GS 34.9 MIN 25.4 PTS 1 OR 6.7 DR 7.7 REB 10.9 AST 1.3 STL 0.5 BLK 3.7 TO 1.8 PF 2.9 AST/TO 26.59 PER
K. Kuzma PF 32 GP 5 GS 24.4 MIN 12.9 PTS 0.7 OR 3.1 DR 3.8 REB 1.1 AST 0.3 STL 0.4 BLK 1.5 TO 1.8 PF 0.7 AST/TO 11.88 PER
K. Caldwell-Pope SG 41 GP 20 GS 25.4 MIN 9.5 PTS 0.6 OR 1.6 DR 2.2 REB 1.8 AST 0.8 STL 0.2 BLK 0.9 TO 1.9 PF 2.1 AST/TO 11.93 PER
Houston Rockets Betting
The Rockets have two MVPs running the team’s offense with Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Other than those two players, they have support from Eric Gordon and Clint Capela but nothing much from the others. James Harden is projected to target 40 points per game but he needs some help to confuse the defense even further. Westbrook has his night where he becomes his old self from his triple-double days as an OKC Thunder but like him, other players need to step up.
Players to Watch: J. Harden SG 39 GP 39 GS 37.2 MIN 37.2 PTS 1.1 OR 5.1 DR 6.2 REB 7.5 AST 1.7 STL 0.9 BLK 4.7 TO 3.2 PF 1.6 AST/TO 30.84 PER
R. Westbrook PG 34 GP 34 GS 35.4 MIN 24.8 PTS 1.5 OR 6.3 DR 7.8 REB 7.2 AST 1.5 STL 0.4 BLK 4.3 TO 3.7 PF 1.7 AST/TO 18.88 PER
C. Capela C 33 GP 33 GS 33.6 MIN 14.5 PTS 4.2 OR 10.3 DR 14.5 REB 1.2 AST 1 STL 1.7 BLK 1.6 TO 2.7 PF 0.7 AST/TO 21.35 PER
Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets 1/18/2020 Betting Numbers
Los Angeles Lakers
LA Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
Houston are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo PG Finger is downgraded to OUT Saturday vs Houston
Austin Rivers SG Thumb is OUT Saturday vs LA Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets Betting Picks
The Lakers have formed a good core of players with and their chemistry are kicking in faster than expected. LeBron James is leading the league in assists and Best Sports Book sees the Lakers walking away with their second straight loss since they are stepping in enemy territory most probably without Anthony Davis.
Moneyline: The Lakers are considered the underdogs in this game and they will carry the ML of +115 while the Rockets are -135.
ATS: The spread between both teams is a thin 1.5 points with the Lakers taking the +1.5 and the Rockers are on the short end at -1.5
TOTALs: It is 230.5 points expected for these teams to reach with the Lakers going over and the Rockets the team under.
Score Prediction: 119 – 115 Rockets