Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 10/31/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum SportsNet
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+12.5)
The Los Angeles Lakers (3-3) will try to beat the Houston Rockets (1-4) at STAPLES Center on Sunday. Houston opens this matchup as 12.5-point underdogs. The total is 224.
The Rockets took the court against the Jazz and took a loss by a score of 122-91 in their last contest. Houston ended the contest having earned a 32.6% field goal percentage (31 of 95) and converted 9 of 44 3-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Rockets converted 20 of their 23 attempts for a rate of 87.0%. In relation to getting rebounds, they earned a total of 41 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 15 dimes in the matchup while forcing the opposition into 4 turnovers and earning 8 steals. When it comes to the defense, Houston allowed their opponent to shoot 48.2% from the floor on 41 of 85 shooting. Utah earned 58 assists and had 24 steals in the game. On top of that, Utah snagged 48 rebounds (10 offensive, 38 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. Utah went 80.0% from the charity stripe by making 24 of 30 attempts. They made 16 of 46 tries from distance.
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Christian Wood is a guy who was important for the contest. He notched 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting. He played for 27 mins and totaled 7 rebounds. Wood finished the game shooting 46.2% from the floor and also distributed 1 assist.
Houston enters this contest with a mark of 1-4 on the year. They are averaging 104.8 pts per game (21st in the league) while shooting 42.6% from the field. The Rockets are shooting 36.0% on 3-pointers (67 of 186) and 76.1% from the free throw line. As a unit, Houston is grabbing 45.0 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 109 assists on the campaign, which is 22nd in the league in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 17.8 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 21.6 personal fouls every game. Defensively, the Rockets are forcing 16.8 turnovers every game while drawing 22.0 personal fouls. They give up 33.6% on shots from downtown and they rank 20th in basketball in opponents points per game (112.0). The Rockets defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.8% (198 of 442) and they surrender 47.2 boards per game as a group. They are 15th in basketball in allowing assists with 119 conceded this year.
In their last game, the Lakers got the win with a final of 113-101 against the Cavaliers. The Lakers snagged 31 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 42 for the matchup. They coughed up the ball 20 times, while earning 9 steals for this contest. The Cavaliers committed 15 fouls for this game which took the Lakers to the charity stripe for 10 attempts. They were able to convert 9 of them for a rate of 90.0%. When talking about shooting from distance, Los Angeles made 12 out of their 27 tries (44.4%). When the game finished, the Lakers went 46 out of 84 from the floor which gave them a rate of 54.8%. The Lakers permitted the Cavaliers to knock down 37 out of 87 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.5% for this game. They finished shooting 35.3% from downtown by hitting 12 out of 34 and finished the game at 15 out of 22 from the free throw line (68.2%). In the matter of attacking the glass, Los Angeles allowed Cleveland to collect 20 overall (16 offensive).
Carmelo Anthony pitched in for the Lakers for this game. He knocked down 9 out of 12 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 75.0%, and earned 5 rebounds. Anthony scored 24 points in his 25 mins on the court and had 1 assist in this game.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 3-3 so far this year. As an offense, the Lakers are hitting on 48.7% from the floor, which ranks 2nd in basketball. Los Angeles has totaled 693 points on the campaign (115.5 per game) and they snag 44.2 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 24.7 times per contest (8th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 17.2 times per contest. The Lakers are committing 21.3 fouls every game and they shoot 72.4% from the charity stripe. The Lakers on the defensive side of the court are 29th in basketball in points allowed per game with 116.5. They allow 28.0 dimes and 47.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 29th and 19th in the league. The Los Angeles defense surrenders 36.2% on three-point shots (77 of 213) and their opponents are connecting on 73.8% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 15.5 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.7% from the field (20th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston (+12.5)
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