The Houston Rockets (6-4) play the Los Angeles Lakers (7-6) Sunday at Crypto.com Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook’s lines around the Rockets vs. Lakers odds and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
Season series: Rockets lead 1-0 after 128-94 home win Nov. 8
The Rockets suffered a 106-100 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday to snap a 6-game winning streak, but they improved to 6-0-1 against the spread (ATS) in the past 7 outings. The Under has cashed in each of the past 4 outings.
The Lakers posted a 107-95 win against the Portland Trail Blazers on the road Friday, improving to 3-0 straight up in the in-season tournament. L.A. has alternated covers and non-covers in each of the past 10 games overall, with the Under hitting in the past 2 contests.
Rockets at Lakers odds
Provided by BetMGM Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:10 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Rockets +180 (bet $100 to win $180) | Lakers -225 (bet $225 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Rockets +5.5 (-110) | Lakers -5.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 220.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)
Rockets at Lakers key injuries
- G Victor Oladipo (knee) out
- G Amen Thompson (ankle) out
- C Anthony Davis (adductor) probable
- F LeBron James (calf) questionable
- F Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) out
- G Gabe Vincent (knee) out
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
Rockets at Lakers picks and predictions
Lakers 109, Rockets 105
The Lakers (-225) will cost you nearly 2½ times your potential return, and that’s quite a bit of risk and not enough reward. The Rockets (+180) have already scored a lopsided 28-point victory against the Lakers this month. If anything, it’s worth rolling the dice on the underdogs.
The red-hot ROCKETS +5.5 (-110) are catching almost 3 buckets from the Lakers -5.5 (-110). Houston has rolled up an impressive 6-0-1 ATS mark in the past 7 contests, including a cover in this building on Friday against the Clippers.
The Lakers have alternated covers and non-covers in the past 10 games, and Los Angeles cashed last time out. The pattern is rather circumstantial and nothing to base your bet around. However, betting against a team which hasn’t had a non-cover in weeks isn’t the way to go.
UNDER 220.5 (-115) is the lean in La La Land.
The Under has cashed in the past 2 games for the Lakers, and the total went low in the 1st head-to-head matchup between these teams.
The Under has cashed in 4 straight games for the Rockets, while going 7-3 in 10 games overall.