A pair of conference rivals face off tonight as the Rockets (25-18, 16-6 home) host the Lakers (23-21, 9-12 away) at 8:30 p.m. EST at Toyota Center.
These two teams have met two times this season, with the Lakers failing to pick up a win. The last time they played on December 14th, 2018, Houston won 126-111 behind 50 points from James Harden.
The Rockets opened as 7.0-point favorites for this contest, with an over/under total of 226. That’s a sizeable spread, so proceed with caution if you’re thinking of wagering on the Rockets. Los Angeles is 19-25-2 against the spread this season and 17-29-0 over/under. Houston, meanwhile, is 22-21-1 ATS and 25-19-0 over/under.
Los Angeles enters the game ranked eighth in the league in defensive rating. They’re surrendering 110.6 points per contest and are limiting opposing teams to 47.0% from the floor and 35.0% from downtown. Offensively, they’re averaging 111.4 points and are sixth in rebounds and 14th in assists.
On the flip side, Houston ranks third in offensive rating. The Rockets are averaging 111.3 points per game on 42.0% shooting and are 26th in rebounds and 28th in assists. Defensively, they’re giving up 109.2 points per game and are 10th in field goals allowed and fifth in three-pointers allowed.
Both squads have been busy lately. The Rockets are coming off of a 145-142 loss against the Nets in Brooklyn in which they shot 23 for 70 from deep were out-rebounded 65-57.
The Lakers, meanwhile, are fresh off a 138-128 win against the Thunder in Oklahoma City in which they dished out 37 assists and had 11 steals. Kyle Kuzma led the way with 32 points.
All told, the Lakers have won five of their previous ten games and are ninth in the Western Conference, while the Rockets have lost four of their last ten and are fourth in the Western Conference.