Sunday, January 17, 2016
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The Houston Rockets travel to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, January 17, 2016. The opening line for this game has Houston as 12 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 210.
The Rockets come into this game with an overall record of 21-20 and a road record of 8-10. They are 4th in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.2 as they are averaging 103.4 points per game while giving up 104.7 per contest. The Lakers have an overall record of 9-32 and a home record of 5-12. They currently are 5th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 96.7 points per game and surrendering 105.8, good for a point differential of -9.
James Harden comes into this contest averaging 27.6 points per game while playing 37.7 minutes per night so far this season for the Rockets. He pulls down 5.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 87%. Dwight Howard averages 14.2 points per game in 33.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 11.9 rebounds per game for Houston. His field goal percentage is 61% for the year while his free throw percentage is 53%.
Kobe Bryant averages 17 points per game while playing 29.9 minutes per contest this year for the Lakers. He grabs 4.2 rebounds per game and has 3.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 35% and his free throw percentage currently is at 78%. Jordan Clarkson averages 15.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.8 rebounds per contest and 2.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 78%.
Houston averages 103.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.2 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 17th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 17th in the league. They average 52.5 rebounds per game and 21.1 assists per game which ranks them 11th and 19th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 29th with 16.9 per game. The Rockets allow 104.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 25th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 28th and 15th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 52.5 rebounds a game which ranks 18th and they give up 24.4 assists per contest which puts them in 30th place in the league. They force 16.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 6th in the league.
Los Angeles averages 96.7 points per game this year which ranks them 26th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -9 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team which has them sitting in the 30th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 31% which is good for 30th in the NBA. They average 52.3 rebounds per game and 18.5 assists per contest which ranks them 15th and 28th respectively. In the turnover department the Lakers rank 12th with 14.2 per game. The Lakers allow 105.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 27th and 12th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 56 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 23.8 assists per contest which puts them in 28th place in the league. The Lakers force 13.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 25th in the NBA.
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 16-25-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 20-19-2 against the over/under
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 18-22-1 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 18-23-0 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Injuries
11/18/15 F Sam Dekker Back out indefinitely
01/16/16 PG Patrick Beverley Ankle injured last game, "?" Sunday vs. LA Lakers
01/12/16 F Donatas Motiejunas Back out indefinitely
Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
01/16/16 F Julius Randle Foot probable Saturday vs. Utah
01/16/16 G Kobe Bryant Achilles "?" Saturday vs. Utah
01/15/16 F Brandon Bass Foot "?" Saturday vs. Utah
Josh's Pick: Take Houston
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