NBA Betting: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers
- Updated: February 19, 2014
The Houston Rockets are one of the hottest teams in the NBA, and are charging hard toward what they hope will be a prime playoff spot. On Wednesday night they will make a visit to a place that isn’t so dangerous anymore, as they square off against the Los Angeles Lakers in basketball betting action that is set to begin at 10:35 PM ET at the Staples Center in downtown L.A.
The Rockets have won seven games in a row, so they had lots of momentum as they came into the all-Star break. They currently own a 36-17 straight-up record, and have compiled a 26-24-3 mark against the basketball pointspread.
The Lakers have had a dismal season, of course. They are 18-35 straight-up, and have been losers in ten of their last twelve games. But the people who have put their money on the Lakers at VietBet have not been as disappointed as non-betting Laker fans have been – let’s just put it that way. The team formerly known as “Showtime” is 28-23-2 versus the number.
With San Antonio’s victory in this building against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, the Rockets dropped to 2.5 games behind them in the Southwest Division, as well as overall in the Western Conference standings, where they are basically tied with the Portland Trail Blazers for third place overall.
This game marks the return of Dwight Howard, who didn’t necessarily stick around long enough to become a fan favorite at Staples, spending just a year with the Lakers before signing a very large free agent deal with the Rockets in the off-season. He just came back from New Orleans, where he represented his third team in three years in the All-Star Game. he has had two encounters with the Lakers this season, though both of them have been held at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The Lakers actually won the first meeting by a 99-98 score, in a game where the Rockets were able to only hit 38% from the field. The Lakers went hog-wild from beyond the three-point arc, making 16 of 35 attempts, while Houston went to the free throw line 52 times. Howard is one of the those big men who is a notoriously bad free throw shooter (54.6%) and seemingly refuses to do anything about it, and the Lakers exploited that, as he made just five of his 16 attempts. Even without Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles won the road game straight-up and covered as a 13.5-point underdog in the NBA basketball betting odds.
The Lakers tried to employ a similar technique on January 8, and VietBet customers watched as Howard once again bricked from the charity stripe, hitting ten of his 24 attempts. But that wasn’t enough, as this time the Rockets held the Lakers to 29% from long-range, pulled down 71 rebounds, forced 18 turnovers and got 38 points from James Harden in a 113-99 victory, which was actually a push, inasmuch as Houston was -14 in the NBA betting lines.
Right now the Lakers are riding the worst stretch of home game the franchise has had since it moved out west from Minneapolis back in 1960. What that means is that they have lost seven consecutive games at the Staples Canter, though they did fight gallantly in the last one, a 107-103 loss to West-leading Oklahoma City. Kendall Marshall, the point guard out of North Carolina, had 17 assists in the game, but it wasn’t enough to prevent his team from blowing a ten-point lead after three quarters. It was some consolation to those who had wagered on the team that the Lakers covered the eleven-point spread that was posted in the basketball betting lines at VietBet.
Whenever the Lakers play these days, you’ve got to check the injured lost to see who will be in uniform. For this particular game, Steve Nash, with a leg injury, is listed as doubtful, while the following Lakers are not expected to see action: Kobe Bryant, Xavier Henry, Nick Young, Josie Meeks, and Jordan Farmar. Pau Gasol, who was able to make it to practice on Tuesday, is questionable with a groin injury. The Lakers are reportedly also shopping Gasol around, and one of the rumors has him being offered in a package to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love.
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