Offense meets defense when the Houston Rockets (32-18) visit Los Angeles to take on the Lakers (38-11). Tip-off is set for 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 6, 2020.
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In the Rockets’ last matchup, they defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 125-110, covering as 13-point favorites. James Harden was the game’s high scorer with 40 points on 11-for-26 shooting. Houston’s 3.6 turnover percentage was their largest strength over Charlotte, who had a rate of 15.4. The Rockets’ mark was better than their season average of 12.2. The two teams combined to score 235 points, which was over the projected point total of 223.
The Lakers will look to maintain momentum after comfortably covering the 9.5-point spread against the San Antonio Spurs in their last outing, 129-102. Los Angeles rallied around LeBron James, who was the top scorer from either team with 36 points on 12-for-20 shooting. Los Angeles played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 24.7) and a free throw rate of 0.200 (above their season average of 0.196). San Antonio recorded marks of 11.3 and 0.099, respectively, for those same stats. The two clubs collectively scored 231 points, which finished over the O/U total of 221.
These two teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined for 239 points in that game, which was just over the projected point total of 234.5. The Lakers won 124-115, covering as 4-point underdogs. The Lakers played a nearly perfect game. They had a great offensive rebounding percentage of 30.0 and a turnover percentage of 13.7. For those same stats, the Rockets put up marks of 24.4 and 16.3, respectively. Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 35 points.
Of Houston’s 50 games, 27 have finished under the projected point total, while 25 of Los Angeles’ 49 games have finished over the projected point total. The Lakers have the superior straight up (SU) record (38-11 vs. 32-18) and a narrow edge against the spread (ATS) (26-22-1 vs. 25-25).
It might turn into a shootout as a pair of the NBA’s top offenses square off. Los Angeles ranks fourth with 111.6 points per 100 possessions and Houston is third (111.7).
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Rockets, ATS Winner – Rockets, O/U – Over
The Lakers rank second in second chance points per game (14.8) while the Rockets rank 25th in second chance points allowed per game (13.9).
Los Angeles ranks third in points off turnovers per game (18.6) while Houston ranks 20th in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.4).
Los Angeles ranks second in points in the paint per game (53.2) while Houston ranks 24th in points allowed in the paint per game (51.2).
Houston averages 8.2 steals per game, which ranks ninth in the league. Los Angeles ranks 23rd in steals allowed per game (8.0).
Houston is 12-13 ATS on the road with 15 unders and 10 overs.
At home, Los Angeles is 12-10-1 ATS with 12 unders and 11 overs.
Houston is 3-0 when they allow less than 100 points, while Los Angeles is 15-0.
The Rockets are 32-16 when they reach 100 points, while the Lakers are 34-10.
The Lakers rank sixth in assists per game (26.0) while the Rockets rank 27th (21.6).
Los Angeles averages 19.0 fast break points per game, which ranks second in the league. Houston ranks 28th in fast break points allowed per game (15.5).
The Lakers rank second in rebounds allowed per game (42.1) while the Rockets rank 27th (46.8).
The Lakers average 7.1 blocks per game, which ranks first in the league. The Rockets rank 16th in blocks allowed per game (5.0).
Houston ranks first in three pointers attempted per game (43.8) while Los Angeles ranks 24th (30.8).
Los Angeles is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Across its past five games, Houston is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Lakers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.6, down from 7.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Rockets have scored an average of 121.6 points per game (2.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 116.4 points per game (1.9 above their season average).