Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, NBA Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Nov 02, 2021

It's deja vu from Sunday, as the Lakers and Rockets will face each other at Staples Center for the second consecutive game. L.A. won the low-scoring first encounter 95-85.

November 02, 2021, 10:30 PM ET
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L.A. Lakers

For the second straight game, the Los Angeles Lakers will host the lowly Houston Rockets at Staples Center.  The Lakers have won five of their last six games, including a 95-85 decision against Houston on Sunday.  It was the Rockets’ fourth straight loss and fifth overall in six games this year.

L.A. is a 10-point favourite to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 217.5.

Rockets vs. Lakers NBA Betting Odds

The Lakers have absolutely crushed Houston over the last two seasons, winning eight straight head-to-heads.  The betting public sees that trend continuing, with a 72 per cent of action taking L.A.  The Over/Under is seeing a closer split.  A slim 55 per cent majority is taking the Under 217.5 in this game, which makes sense given the teams combined for 180 points only two days ago.  Eight of the last 10 games in this overall series have gone Under.

Dating back to last year, Houston has lost 10 straight road games, including all three this season.  They’re an even 3-3 against the spread for the season, but it’s worth noting they’ve failed to cover in six of their last eight against Los Angeles.  The total has gone Under in all six of the Rockets’ games this year.

L.A. enters this contest with wins in four of their last five games overall.  They haven’t been a great cover option, however, going 2-5 ATS this year.  The total has gone Under in three of the Lakers’ five home games this season and six of their last seven home games against Houston.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets struggled to generate offence against L.A. on Sunday.  Their 85-point effort was their lowest scoring total in their last 46 regular season games.  It was a beatdown from the start, with Houston outscored 54-35 in the first half alone.  Eric Gordon had a team-high 17 points, to go along with two rebounds and two assists.  Christian Wood recorded a double-double, finishing with 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.  Danuel House Jr. missed the game with a foot injury and is questionable to return Tuesday.

The Rockets have the 26th ranked offence in the NBA, averaging 101.5 points per game.  Their defence sits middle-of-the-pack at 15th, allowing an average of 109.2 points a night.

Los Angeles Lakers

It might have been a season-low 95 points for the Lakers Sunday, but it was a comfortable win in which they were never really in any danger.  Carmelo Anthony led L.A. with 23 points and a season-high four blocks off the bench.  Russell Westbrook looked strong, finishing with 20 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, while Anthony Davis posted a double-double of 16 points and 13 boards.  LeBron James put up 15 points and a game-high four steals.  Dwight Howard (neck) and Wayne Ellington (hamstring) both missed the game and are questionable for this one.  Trevor Ariza (ankle), Kendrick Nunn (knee) and Talen Horton-Tucker (thumb) are all out indefinitely.

The Lakers could be due for more points on Tuesday, as they average 112.6 points per game, seventh-best in the NBA.  They’re top-10 in field goal percentage (47.5) and 3-pointer percentage (37.5).  The defence hasn’t been as strong.  L.A. is 25th in the NBA, allowing an average of 112 points per game against.

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