Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Toyota Center to play the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Houston as 16.5 point favorites.
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The Lakers come into this game with an overall record of 20-47. They are 5th in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of -6.9 as they are averaging 104.4 points per game while giving up 111.3 per contest. The Rockets have an overall record of 46-21. They currently are 2nd in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 115.1 points per game and surrendering 108.3, good for a point differential of 6.8.
Jordan Clarkson comes into this contest averaging 14.4 points per game while playing 27.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Lakers. He pulls down 2.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 80%. Julius Randle averages 12.9 points per game in 28.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.7 assists per contest and 8.6 rebounds per game for Los Angeles. His field goal percentage is 48% for the year while his free throw percentage is 72%.
James Harden averages 29.1 points per game while playing 36.5 minutes per contest this year for the Rockets. He grabs 7.9 rebounds per game and has 11.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 85%. Eric Gordon averages 16.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.6 rebounds per contest and 2.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Los Angeles averages 104.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -6.93 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 22nd. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 22nd in the league. They average 43.8 rebounds per game and 20.7 assists per game which ranks them 14th and 25th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 6th with 15.2 per game. The Lakers allow 111.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 30th and 23rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.7 rebounds a game which ranks 24th and they give up 25.5 assists per contest which puts them in 30th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 16th in the league.
Houston averages 115.1 points per game this year which ranks them 2nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is 6.84 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 11th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 15th in the NBA. They average 44.1 rebounds per game and 25.3 assists per contest which ranks them 10th and 2nd respectively. In the turnover department the Rockets rank 8th with 14.8 per game. The Rockets allow 108.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 24th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 19th and 7th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 43.6 rebounds a game which ranks 15th and they give up 23.5 assists per contest which puts them in 24th place in the league. The Rockets force 15 turnovers per game which ranks them 22nd in the NBA.
The Lakers have an offensive rating of 105.9 and a defensive rating of 112.9. In terms of pace they average 98.6 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Los Angeles turns the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%.
The Rockets rating on offense is 115.5 and they have a defensive rating of 108.6. They get 99 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 55%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they attempt 3 pointers on 47% of their shot attempts. Houston turns the ball over on 13 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.4 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 28-37-2 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 37-29-1 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 38-29-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 34-32-1 against the over/under
Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Houston Rockets Injuries
No key injuries to report
Josh's Pick: Take Houston -16.5
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