Rockets vs Lakers Prediction - NBA Picks 12/2/23

Los Angeles Lakers (11-9) vs Houston Rockets (8-8)

Game Info: Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 10:30 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Lakers -5 -- Over/Under: 221.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Houston Rockets need a win after losing 5 of their last 7 games. The Los Angeles Lakers look for a win after winning 5 of their last 8 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers prediction.

Houston Rockets Betting Preview

The Houston Rockets have lost two straight games against the Mavericks and Nuggets. The Houston Rockets are averaging 110.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Alperen Sengun is averaging 21 points and 8.9 rebounds, while Jalen Green is averaging 19.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. Fred VanVleet is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Smith Jr. is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free-throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game.

Houston Rockets Player Facts

  • Fred VanVleet ranks 4th amongst qualified players for assists per game (9.2) this season.
  • Alperen Sengun ranks 4th amongst qualified Centers for assists per game (5.6) this season.

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Thunder on Thursday and look for their first home win since beating the Jazz a couple of weeks ago. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.8 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 114.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 24.8 points and 7.8 rebounds, while Anthony Davis is averaging 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Reaves is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Lakers rank 30th in the league for three-point field goals made per game this season (10.0).
  • The Lakers rank 30th in the league for three-point field goal attempts per game this season (29.6).
  • The Rockets rank 1st in the league for opponent assists per game this season (22.9).
  • The Rockets rank 1st in the league for opponent field goals made per game this season (38.0).

Rockets vs Lakers Prediction

The Los Angeles Lakers are going to get the benefit of the doubt, especially at home, more times than not. However, the Rockets beat the Lakers on November 8 and then lost to them by one point on November 19. The Houston Rockets are also one of the top moneymakers so far this season, with an 11-4-1 ATS record. The Lakers still have a lot of guys on their injury list, and LeBron James is listed as questionable with a calf injury at the time of this post. Give me the Rockets and the free buckets.

Randy’s Pick Houston Rockets +5

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