Houston Rockets (32-18) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (38-11)
NBA: Thursday, February 6th, 2020 (Staples Center)
Spread: Houston Rockets (+7.5) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (-7.5) O/U: 235
Free NBA Expert Pick: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets
Two of this season’s NBA Championship contenders are clashing in this high caliber matchup, when the best in the West Los Angeles Lakers (38-11), are hosting the fourth Houston Rockets (32-18), with both teams having won their last two and three games respectively and looking to extend those small winning streaks tonight.
The Lakers have a 38-11 record (26-22-1 against the spread) and are sitting on top of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Spurs with a 129-102 score. Anthony Davis leads the team both in scoring with 26.4 ppg and in rebounding with 9.1 per game. He is He is LeBron James follows with 25.2 ppg, adding 7.7 rebounds and a league-best 10.7 assists per game.
The Rockets have a 32-18 record (24-26 against the spread) and are tied with the Jazz in the 4th place of the West. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against the Hornets with a 125-110 score. James Harden leads the whole NBA in scoring with 35.8 ppg, adding 6.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. Russell Westbrook follows with 26.4 ppg, 8 rebounds and a team high 7.4 assists per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Lakers won on the road with a 115-124 score. Lakers are 17-6 at home, while the Rockets are 14-11 on the road. Rockets are better offensively, scoring 118.8 ppg to Lakers’ 114.3, while Lakers are better defensively, allowing 106.8 ppg to Rockets’ 114.5. Lakers have better percentages both in field goals (48.6% to 45.2%) and in 3-pointers (36.2% to 34.8%). Both teams are very close in rebounding (46.3 to 46.1), while Lakers are better in assists made (26 to 21.6) and Rockets are better in turnovers committed (14.35 to 15). Expect the Lakers to overcome the spread once again and win by more than 7 points tonight.
Cover To Spread 365 Trends
The Houston Rockets are 24-26 ATS this year.
The Rockets are 2-7 ATS their last 9 games on the road.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are 26-22-1 ATS this year.
The total has gone over in 10 of the Laker’s last 12 game
Free Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction
In this matchup I like the Los Angeles Lakers to win but not cover the spread. The Lakers are better ATS this year and the Rockets are even worse ATS on the road, going 2-7 ATS their last 9 games on the road. Final score prediction, the Los Angeles Lakers will win and cover the spread 128-110.