Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 1/10/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets
Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-3.5)
The Los Angeles Lakers (7-3) travel to Toyota Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Houston Rockets (3-4). Houston opens this game as 3.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 230.
The Los Angeles Lakers faced the Chicago Bulls and walked away with a win by a score of 117-115 in their last game. Los Angeles walked away from the game with a 50.6% field goal percentage (41 out of 81) and made 12 out of their 29 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Lakers converted 23 of their 27 shots for a percentage of 85.2%. Pertaining to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 42 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 21 dimes in the matchup as well as earning 3 steals and 8 blocks. In reference to defense, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 50.5% from the field on 46 out of 91 shooting. Chicago doled out 26 assists and had 10 steals in this matchup. Moreover, the Bulls pulled down 41 rebounds (9 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Chicago finished the contest at 92.9% at the charity stripe by making 13 of their 14 tries. They made 10 of 26 attempts from 3-point range.
LeBron James is one guy who came through in this game. He accumulated 28 points on 11 of 21 shooting. He played 34:09 mins played and also pulled down 7 rebounds. James shot 52.4% from the floor and also totaled 7 dimes. One more player that had an impact in this game for the Lakers was Dennis Schröder. He had 3 boards and tallied 6 dimes. He finished the game shooting 45.5% from the field for this game by hitting 5-of-11 (17 points). Overall, Schröder was on the court for 34:16 minutes.
Los Angeles enters this one with a mark of 7-3 so far this year. The Lakers are shooting 38.9% on shots from distance (122 of 314) and 76.6% from the free throw line. They average 113.9 points per game (12th in the NBA) while connecting on 49.1% from the field. They cough up possession 15.3 times per contest and as a squad they commit 18.4 personal fouls every game. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling in 48.1 rebounds per game and is sitting with 249 dimes this season, which has them ranked 3rd in the league in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end of the court, the Lakers are forcing 12.4 turnovers per game and they draw 19.9 fouls. The Lakers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 44.7% (124 of 199) and they concede 41.3 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 24th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 242 relinquished so far this season. They are giving up 35.3% on 3-point attempts and they are 5th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (106.6).
When they last stepped on the court, the Houston Rockets went home victorious with a score of 132-90 when they played the Orlando Magic. The Rockets were able to collect 42 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 49 in this contest. They blocked 8 shots while getting 6 steals for the game. The Magic committed 13 fouls in this matchup which took the Rockets to the charity stripe for a total of 11 tries. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 72.7%. When discussing 3-pointers, Houston made 22 of 47 attempts (46.8%). When the game finished, the Rockets ended up going 51 for 91 from the floor which gave them a rate of 56.0%. The Rockets permitted the Magic to convert 34 of their 89 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 38.2% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 27.6% from 3-point land by going 8 out of 29 and ended up going 14 out of 16 at the free throw line (87.5%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Houston permitted Orlando to grab 42 overall (9 on the offensive side).
Christian Wood pitched in for the Rockets for the contest. He knocked down 9 out of 17 for the game for a field goal rate of 52.9%, which gave him 22 points. Wood collected 15 boards in his 26:32 minutes of time on the court and added 2 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy that was pivotal for Houston was James Harden. He totaled 15 points in his 30:58 mins played by going 6 out of 13 from the floor in the matchup. Harden finished going 46.2% from the floor as well as earning 13 dimes and 5 boards.
Houston has a win-loss mark of 3-4 for the year. As an offensive unit, the Rockets are connecting on 48.4% from the floor, which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Houston has accumulated 800 points on the season (114.3 per contest) and they pull in 42.3 rebounds per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 23.3 times per contest (23rd in the league) and they are giving up possession 14.3 times per game. The Rockets are responsible for committing 20.3 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 77.3% from the charity stripe. The Rockets on the defensive end are ranked 19th in the league in points given up per game with 111.7. They concede 22.0 assists and 45.7 total boards per game, ranking them 4th and 18th in the league. The Houston defense gives up 37.7% on three-point shots (86 of 228) and opponents are converting on 74.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 15.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 45.4% from the field (13th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston (+3.5)
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