Rockets vs. Lakers Betting Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions: Will Houston’s Lack of Size Be Its Strength?


Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: James Harden (13) and Russell Westbrook (0) of the Houston Rockets.

  • The Lakers and Rockets are set for battle in a Western Conference showdown on Thursday night in L.A.
  • Are the Lakers set for an offensive explosion? Or should you gamble on James Harden and the Rockets?

Rockets at Lakers Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions

  • Spread: Lakers -6.5
  • Over/Under: 238.5
  • Time: TBD p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: TBD

Odds as of Thursday and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.

It was a busy trade season for the Houston Rockets, not so much for the Los Angeles Lakers. LA stood pat at the deadline and will continue its quest for a championship with the current roster in tact, while Houston will look to push its spacing to the limits after trading its starting center.

Which of these two teams should you be betting tonight? Our NBA experts break the matchup and their favorite bets below.

Betting Trend to Know

The Lakers have been dominant all season, but the Rockets have actually played up to their competition pretty well in their own right.

Against teams with a win percentage of .600 or above, the Rockets are 10-6 against the spread and the second-most profitable team in the NBA. When facing those teams as underdogs, the Rockets are 4-2 ATS this season.

Brandon Anderson: Too Much Everything From LA

I almost choked when I saw the Lakers line this low, and I’m certain it will be higher by game time. You know that LeBron meme with the cigarettes?

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