The Lakers are 5th in the Pacific Division thanks to an overal record of 20-47. The Rockets have an overall record of 46-21 and are currently 2nd in the Southwest Division.
The problem with this match is not about who's going to win - that will be the Rockets - but if the Rockets will be able to cover the spread.
I think they will: the Lakers are playing their worst basketball of the season and they have been awful defensively. Among other things, they are conceding a lot of 3-pointers. Houston's offense in one of the strongest in the NBA and they are the absolute leaders in 3-point attempts. I think the Rockets are no match for the Lakers at the moment and will be able to win by 20 points or more.
* - Odds correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.
- Pick1 (-16.5) AH
- Odds-105 Betfair
- Match result127-100 (+7.60)