While it took a lot longer than expected Houston has begun to make their move with the NBA games betting odds. On the whole it is hard to stay down long with NBA scoring champion James Harden on your side. Harden is pouring in the points and the Rockets defense has gotten back into championship gear after a slow start. LeBron James has been out and that has served to drop the Lakers betting value. Indeed, LA has been exposed as a one-man team with the King’s absence. James status remains day to day with a groin issue.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets
Date and Time: Saturday, January 19, 2019, 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
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Lakers vs. Rockets TV Coverage: ABC
In comparison to early in the season the Rockets are in top form. Houston has paid in seven of their last 10 games. As a result, their record is now 25-18 straight up, 22-20-1 vs. the odds, and 24-19 over the total. That is good for first place in the Southwest Division. Head coach Mike D’Antoni’s team has NBA rankings of 16th for scoring offense and 11th for points allowed. Naturally guard James Harden is top gun with 34.8 points and 8.5 assists per game. Center Clint Capela adds 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds per outing.
Los Angeles Lakers
By contrast the Lakers have covered just two of their last seven games. Six of their last seven have gone under the total. LA now stands at 23-21 straight up, 18-25-1 vs. the odds, and 15-28-1 under the total. A further look shows Los Angeles ranks 15th for scoring offense and 16th for points allowed. James groin continues to put him at questionable day to day status.
Stats to Consider
Houston has been an NBA games betting cash cow at the Toyota Center. Consider that the Rockets have lost just three of their last 17 home games with the odds. Just one of their last six home games have gone under the total. By contras the Lakers have been in the red away from home lately. LA has covered just five of their last 13 road games vs. the line. And five of their last six road tilts have gone under the total.
Team vs. Team
In this head to head series Houston has controlled the cashier’s cage. In fact, the Rockets have covered 14 of their last 19 online sportsbook matchups with the Lakers. Nine of the last 11 between these teams have gone over the total. Further, the Rockets have made money in this matchup at Toyota Center. Houston has paid in 13 of their last 18 home games with LA. Just one of the last nine between these teams at Houston have gone under the total.
Matchup to Watch
Most important of all the Rockets were just one win away from the NBA Finals last year. Late on their form is favorable with the NBA games betting odds.
Likewise, the Lakers have been exposed as far too dependent upon James. Harden and Capela are too much here.
Lakers vs. Rockets NBA games Betting Odds Picks
To conclude Houston is the call!
Lakers vs. Rockets NBA Betting Online Pick: Houston Rockets
Lakers vs. Rockets NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Rockets 110, Lakers 94
Catch James Harden light up Memphis for 57 points in a recent Rockets win!