Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers - 10/31/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers - 10/31/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers (3-3) vs Houston Rockets (1-4)

Game Info: Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 10:30 pm (Staples Center)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Lakers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 224 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers meet Sunday in NBA action at the Staples Center. The Houston Rockets need a win to snap a three-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Lakers look for a win to get a game above a .500 record.

The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.8 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 112 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Christian Wood is averaging 19.8 points and 11.2 rebounds, while Jalen Green is averaging 14.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Porter Jr is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game.

The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 115.5 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 116.5 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.2 points and 2.7 assists, while LeBron James is averaging 26 points and 5.5 rebounds. Russell Westbrook is the third double-digit scorer and Carmelo Anthony is grabbing four rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game.

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The Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games. The Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The under is 6-0 in Rockets last 6 overall. The over is 5-2 in Lakers last 7 overall. The Rockets are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Los Angeles and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Houston Rockets aren't a good basketball team, and I'm not thrilled to back them right now, regardless of the line. However, the Lakers continue to ride the struggle bus, and while they've found ways to win games recently, everything has been a chore. Even in their recent game against the Cavaliers, the Lakers were trailing for much of the second half and didn't pull away until the final five minutes. I'm not laying big chalk with the Lakers until they start playing to their potential. Give me the Rockets and the points.

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Randy’s Pick Houston Rockets +12.5

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