Houston has gotten off to a very nice start this season. The Lakers have started strongly straight up but they have been very poor against the NBA betting pointspread.
Basketball betting has seen the Lakers do well in this series though. The Lakers have won 7 of the last 10 straight up against the Rockets and they are 6-4 against the NBA betting odds. The teams met earlier this month in Houston and the Lakers squeaked out a 103-102 victory but they did not cover the 1.5 point basketball betting line. These teams played a great 7-game series in the playoffs a year ago that Los Angeles won. The Lakers were 3-1 both straight up and against the basketball betting number in their home games in that series. Three of the four games went under the NBA betting total.
Not many people wanted anything to do with the Rockets in basketball betting before this season began. Houston is without Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady and not many people thought they would win many games in NBA betting. So far this season the Rockets have been a huge surprise in basketball betting. The Rockets are in the Top 10 in scoring in the league and former Los Angeles Lakers player Trevor Ariza has been leading them in scoring. Houston’s defense is just average but it has been good enough to get them above .500 both straight up and against the NBA betting line.
The Lakers are still considered the best team in the Western Conference but they are not a good team in basketball betting. The Lakers have been winning games but not covering in basketball betting. The Lakers have been without Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum recently so that should be taken into consideration when you look at the basketball betting odds. Kobe Bryant is off to another great start and the Lakers on offense have been solid. Even on defense they have not been that bad. The problem when taking the Lakers is that they are a public team and almost always overvalued in basketball betting.
This game has the potential to be an interesting one in basketball betting on Sunday since the Rockets are playing well so far this season.