Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Prediction, NBA Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Dec 28, 2021

The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets came into the season with vastly different expectations – but both are in freefall as they tangle Tuesday night at Toyota Center.

L.A. Lakers
33-49
AT
December 28, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
Toyota Center
Houston
20-62
Pointspread -6.5 -115
Moneyline -260
Over / Under o +227

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Betting Action

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Pointspread +6.5 -105
Moneyline +210
Over / Under u +227

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Betting Action

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The Lakers have dropped five consecutive games to drop below the .500 mark for the season, and tensions are beginning to run high in Tinseltown. But the Lakers are in a strong get-right position Tuesday against the bottom-feeder Rockets, who come in having lost four in a row.

Lakers vs. Rockets NBA Betting Odds

Oddsmakers can’t feel great about making the Lakers a comfortable favourite in this one, given that the Purple and Gold are a dismal 12-22 ATS for the season. The Rockets own the worst SU record in the Western Conference entering Tuesday, but are a respectable 16-17-1 ATS for the year, including a 7-7 mark at home. That said, the Lakers have won nine straight head-to-head meetings and are 6-3 ATS in those contests.

Tuesday’s total is sitting in the high-220s, with both teams skewing slightly toward the Over at an identical 18-16 O/U for the season. But the Lakers are trending in the opposite direction, having cashed the Under in seven of their previous 10 contests. And while the Rockets are a red-hot 5-1 to the Over in their last six overall, these teams have finished below the total in five straight meetings in Houston, and nine of their past 12 encounters overall.

Los Angeles Lakers

Russell Westbrook is done listening to the doubters. One of the most polarizing players in the NBA, Westbrook is used to criticism despite averaging a triple-double in three different seasons over his career – and he insists he has played well in his first season with the Lakers despite suggestions to the contrary. Westbrook enters Tuesday averaging 19.6 points, 8.1 assists and 7.9 rebounds but ranks outside the top-100 league-wide in Player Efficiency Rating.

Houston Rockets

To say the Rockets have had an up-and-down season so far is a massive understatement. Houston opened the campaign with one win in its first 17 games before reeling off seven straight victories – and has gone just 2-8 in 10 games since. Struggles at the defensive end have been largely to blame for the Rockets’ latest struggles: They’ve allowed an average of 125 points over the course of their four-game losing streak.

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