Lakers vs. Rockets odds, line: NBA picks, predictions from model on 44-30 roll
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers look to make up ground in their quest for a playoff berth when they host the Houston Rockets on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Lakers come out of the All-Star break three games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoff race. The Rockets currently hold the No. 5 position, one game behind the Portland Trail Blazers. Houston won four of six before the break, but lost its previous game to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Houston is a three-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 233 in the latest Lakers vs. Rockets odds. Before you make any Lakers vs. Rockets picks, view the NBA predictions from SportsLine’s proven prediction model.
The model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, is crushing its NBA picks this season. It entered Week 19 of the 2018-19 NBA season with a sterling 217-164 record on all top-rated picks, returning more than $4,000 to anybody following them. And it has been particularly red-hot on its A-rated NBA picks against the spread, entering Week 19 on a blistering 44-30 run. Anybody who has followed it is way up.
Now, it has locked in on Lakers vs. Rockets and crunched the numbers and all relevant data. We can tell you it is leaning over, and it has also generated a point-spread pick that hits well over 50 percent of the time. The pick is only available at SportsLine.
The model knows that Los Angeles will have a sense of urgency to make up ground in the playoff chase in order to avoid missing the postseason in its first season with James on the roster. His prolonged absence because of a groin injury, which caused him to miss most of January, was a major factor in the Lakers’ slide out of the 2019 NBA playoff bracket. Moreover, speculation about any number of major personnel moves before the NBA trade deadline — none of which transpired — had to cause a distraction.
But even a high degree of motivation doesn’t mean L.A. is a lock to cover the Lakers vs. Rockets spread Thursday.
With MVP front-runner James Harden leading the way, the Rockets have managed to stay afloat despite various injuries and inconsistency. But veteran Chris Paul has returned to the lineup and more help could soon be on the way.
Center Clint Capela, the team’s best post threat, is set to return Thursday from a thumb injury that required surgery and forced him to miss 15 games. He is averaging career highs with 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds.
Who wins Rockets vs. Lakers? And which side of the spread cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Rockets vs. Lakers spread you should be all over Thursday, all from the model that has returned more than $4,000 to $100 players the last two years, and find out.