Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Apr 02, 2023

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After a successful Friday night against the Timberwolves, the Los Angeles Lakers head southward to face the Houston Rockets on Sunday evening.

L.A. Lakers
April 02, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
Toyota Center
Pointspread -12 -110
Moneyline -546
Over / Under o +236


Betting Action


Pointspread +12 -110
Moneyline +436
Over / Under u +236


Betting Action


The contest versus Minnesota as the weekend began had many implications and LA’s good fortune saw them jump over the Timberwolves in the standings and into eighth place. As for Houston, their disappointing season winds down, but at least a glimmer of positivity shone when they defeated the Pistons on Friday.

The NBA odds place the LA has heavy -11.5 favourites, with the total tabulated at 236.0.

Lakers vs. Rockets NBA Betting Odds

In a testament to how trying times have been for the Lakers since last season, the Rockets have actually captured two of the past three meetings between the sides. That includes the most recent tilt only a few weeks ago down in Texas. Tonight’s bout is the rubber match, with each club earning a win at home so far this season.

Late March and early April is about the right time for a side fighting for a playoff spot to start kicking the intensity up a notch. Darvin Ham’s men are looking good at the moment, having conquered five of their last six challenges, including twice against sides also jostling for a place in the postseason. Performances against the spread have not been quite as thrilling at 6-4 in the last 10.

The Rockets must feel pretty good about winning Friday. After all, they had failed to do so seven consecutive times before that. Just the fact that they put in a solid effort must have been a relief. Consider that they had not covered underdog spreads of 13, 14, 12.5, and 11.6 in recent weeks. The over has cashed in five of the club’s most recent six games, although, as one can surmise, not always in Houston’s favour.

Los Angeles Lakers

The game in Minneapolis had a playoff atmosphere, which was understandable given its playoff implications. Two teams plagued with injuries all year long were finally healthy and ready to tussle for a spot in the play-in mini-tournament.

As one might expect, it was the hosts who took the initiative, leading 65-55 at halftime. While that isn’t a humungous lead (especially in today’s NBA), one would have thought that the Timberwolves, with the crowd behind them, would have done a better job at trying to put the game to bed. The precise opposite transpired. The Lakers dominated the third quarter, finding space time and again in the key for layups and dunks. LA made Minnesota’s defence look foolish more times than the home fans cared to witness. Anthony Davis was a beast, tallying 38 points and a terrific 17 boards (funnily, zero assists). A sure-fire sign that things are going well is when six other players reach double digits in points, with LeBron James in second place with 18. A 10-point halftime deficit was flipped into to 12-point victory, 123-111.

Both the aforementioned stars are listed as Day-to-Day, although ESPN reports that Davis is more likely to play.

Houston Rockets

For all intents and purposes, a game like Friday’s Pistons-Rockets matchup conjures up mixed emotions for the respective fanbases. On the one hand, winning is always fun, especially for teams that don’t do it so often. On the other hand, both franchises are in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes. Was winning the best idea?

Whatever the case, it was Houston finally getting the monkey off its back 121-115. The game was close, with the score tied on 14 separate occasions and featuring no fewer than 23 lead changes. One got the sense that both sides’ professionalism and passion for success in the game took over any offseason ambitions, which is a nice thing to witness. Most of Detroit and Houston’s numbers were comparable, from field goal shooting to shots from long-range, and rebounds. Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green were both excellent, earning 33 and 32 points respectively. Porter Jr. was a ferocious 7-13 from three.

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