On Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. EST, the Houston Rockets (16-52, 28-38-2 ATS) will play host to the Los Angeles Lakers (34-35, 34-34-1 ATS) at the Toyota Center. Unfortunately, LeBron James will not be playing for the Lakers as he has been out of action since February 26. However, the Lakers’ recent acquisitions during the trade deadline have aided their success in recent games.
In their previous game against the Pelicans, the Lakers won by an impressive 75-40 in the first half, which ties them with the Pelicans and the Thunder for the ninth seed in the Western Conference standings. This is significant as the lowest seed earns a play-in spot. Despite Anthony Davis’ poor performance in the previous game, he bounced back with a double-double in limited action, and all five starters had a positive plus/minus. The Lakers have won four out of their last five games.
The Lakers’ trade deadline acquisitions, which include D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Rui Hachimura, and Jarred Vanderbilt, have contributed to the team’s impressive offense, solid defense, and improved spacing. However, Mo Bamba, another acquisition during the trade deadline, is currently injured, much like LeBron James.
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Before the trade deadline, the Lakers struggled offensively, ranking 26th in three-point percentage and 20th in free-throw percentage this season. However, they have significantly improved in both categories this March compared to previous months this season. Despite ranking in the bottom 10 in offensive rating this season, the Lakers have shown improvement.
The Lakers’ defense has been consistent throughout the season, ranking in the top half of the NBA in defensive rating. They compensate for their second-lowest turnover percentage by forcing misses on threes and avoiding fouls, resulting in fewer free throws for their opponents. The Lakers’ defense ranks ninth in effective field goal percentage, holding their opponents to 53.5%, which is the second-lowest in the league.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets Game Information
- Date: 03/15/2023
- Time: 08:10 PM ET
- Location:Toyota Center.
- How to Watch Lakers vs Rockets: NBC Sports Boston
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Lakers vs Rockets Betting Lines
Rockets are +140 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $140. On the other side, Lakers are –160 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $62.50.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Rockets at a 41.67% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Lakers have 61.54% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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