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Rockets vs. Lakers NBA Betting Odds, Picks and Preview 01/12/21

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets NBA betting preview, odds and picks for the game on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021.

At the onset of the season, James Harden’s supporting cast was doubted.  Houston’s superstar lost his partner Russell Westbrook to the Wizards in the offseason.  With that move, Harden faces the prospect of having to carry the Rockets himself.  Emerging as a potential new partner is center Christian Wood.  So far Wood has been an NBA betting asset.  Handicappers question if that is sustainable for the entire campaign.  Wagering value remains a concern about the Lakers.  To illustrate Los Angeles is winning games but losing money.  Squares and fanboys flock to pay full retail on the Lake Show.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Betting Information

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
TV Coverage: NBA TV

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Betting Odds

Lakers -5½ (-110) 223 (-110)
Rockets +5½ (-110) 223 (-110)
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Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets CashBet Wagering Analysis

In this situation, casual money will flood the sportsbook window on the Lakers.  Los Angeles is the NBA flagship and defending champion.  By contrast, Houston’s slow start fuels that fire.  Russell Westbrook’s departure bothers casual gamblers.  Sharps are taking a wait and see approach.  Of course, they don’t want a Los Angeles overlay.  But they have to assess if Houston’s board value is there.  Wiseguys can’t stand betting on the Lakers.  Cause by the casual money flood inflating the price.  Houston hasn’t earned trust after a sluggish start.

Lakers Begin Title Defense with Wins and Red Ink

Thus far the Lakers have a betting on NBA record of 7-3 straight up, 4-6 vs. the odds, and 3-7 under the total.  Los Angeles has failed to cover four of their last five games.  Seven of their last eight stayed under the total.  Overall, the Lakers rank 11th for scoring offense and 6th for points allowed.  LA has the second-best field goal shooting percentage in the NBA.  The Lakers rank 4th for offensive and 3rd for defensive rebounding.

LeBron James leads the Lakers with 24.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 7.8 assists per game.  While Anthony Davis adds 22.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest.

Rockets Struggle to Launch with Limited Power

Houston has a pro basketball betting record of 3-4 straight up and against the spread with 3-3-1 on totals.  Late on the Rockets have dropped four of their last six to the odds.  And haven’t gone over the total in their last four games.  Houston ranks 9th for scoring offense and 20th for points allowed.

James Harden leads the Rockets with 27 points and 11.3 assists per game.  While Christian Wood adds 23.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest.

Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets Against the Spread

Overall, the Lakers are 51-49-2 against the spread.  On the road, LA is 20-16 against the spread.  In Western Conference matchups the Lakers are 39-29-2 on the board.

Los Angeles is 46-56 under the total.  While on the road the Lakers are 17-19 under the total.  In Western Conference games they’re 31-39 under the total.

Houston is 40-51 against the spread in all games.  Specifically, at home, the Rockets are 17-19 vs. the odds.  In Western Conference games Houston is 28-36 on the board.

To summarize the Rockets are 37-53-1 under the total.  At home, Houston is 16-19-1 to the under.  And in Western Conference tilts they’re 29-35 under the number.

Houston has struggled in their basketball betting season with the Lakers.  To illustrate LA has covered seven of their last 10 against the Rockets.  Six of the last seven in this series stayed under.  Los Angeles has covered four of their last five games at Houston.  And then the last three games in this series at Houston went under.

Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, the Rockets make for the better NBA gambling value.  Houston is a contrarian pick if there ever was one.  Public money will be overloaded on the Lakers.

Lakers at Rockets CashBet Best Bet: 

Houston Rockets


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