Lakers vs Rockets Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Monday, January 16, 2023

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The Los Angeles Lakers (19-24) are 5.5-point favorites against the Houston Rockets (10-33) on January 16, 2023 at Arena. The Rockets have lost 10 in a row while going 0-10 during their past 10 games. The matchup has a 234.5 point total.

How to bet Lakers vs. Rockets

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Lakers as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Lakers have -220 odds to pick up the win, while the Rockets are listed at +182 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 234.5 points.

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Lakers vs. Rockets Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Monday, January 16, 2023
  • Game Time: 10:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: NBA
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Arena: Arena

Lakers vs. Rockets Betting Trends

The Lakers have played 43 games, with 19 wins against the spread. Los Angeles has won six of the 10 contests in which it was the favorite this year. The Lakers have gone over the point total in 55.8% of their opportunities this year (24 times in 43 games with a set point total).

Against the spread, the Rockets are 16-24-3 this year. Houston is 10-31 in games it was listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 24.4% of those games). Rockets games this season have gone over the point total 21 times in 43 opportunities (48.8%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Lakers Leaders
LeBron James 33 29.2 8.4 6.9 1 0.5 1.9
Russell Westbrook 40 15.5 6.6 7.9 1 0.5 1.2
Thomas Bryant 29 12.9 7.2 0.8 0.4 0.5 0.5
Dennis Schroder 29 12.3 2.2 3.7 0.6 0 1.3
Troy Brown Jr. 37 6.8 3.9 0.7 0.8 0.1 1.1


Rockets Leaders
Jalen Green 42 21.5 4.3 3.6 0.8 0.2 2.4
Alperen Sengun 39 14.5 8.6 3 0.8 0.9 0.2
Jabari Smith Jr. 42 12.1 7 0.9 0.6 1 1.8
Eric Gordon 37 12 1.9 2.5 0.5 0.4 1.9
Kenyon Martin Jr. 43 10.9 4.9 1.4 0.4 0.3 0.9
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Lakers: Troy Brown: Probable (Quadricep), LeBron James: Questionable (Ankle), Austin Reaves: Out (Hamstring), Lonnie Walker: Out (Tailbone), Anthony Davis: Out (Foot)

Rockets: Kevin Porter: Out (Foot)

What you need to know about the Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles’ offense, which ranks ninth in the league with 116.5 points per game, has performed better than its fifth-worst defense (117.7 points allowed per game). The Lakers are averaging 117.2 points per game this season at home, which is 1.3 more points than they’re averaging in road games (115.9). On the offensive side of the ball, the Lakers have increased their output a little bit over their last 10 games, scoring 119.2 points per contest over that stretch compared to the 116.5 they’ve racked up over the course of this season.

Los Angeles has been coming up short when it comes to threes this season, ranking worst in the NBA in threes made per game (10.3) and fourth-worst in three-point percentage (33.7%). This year, the Lakers have taken 65.8% two-pointers, accounting for 76.2% of the team’s baskets. They have shot 34.2% from beyond the arc (23.8% of the team’s baskets).

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What you need to know about the Houston Rockets

Houston is the second-worst squad in the league in points scored (109.1 per game) and 24th in points allowed (117). In 2022-23 the Rockets are scoring 1.3 fewer points per game at home (108.4) than on the road (109.7). The Rockets have performed worse offensively in their last 10 games, tallying 105.7 points per contest, 3.4 fewer points their than season average of 109.1.

Beyond the arc, Houston is 18th in the league in 3-pointers made per game (11.6). It is second-worst in 3-point percentage at 32.9%. In 2022-23, the Rockets have taken 60% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 40% percent from beyond it. In terms of made shots, 70.3% of the Rockets’ baskets have been 2-pointers, and 29.7% have been 3-pointers.

Our prediction to win this matchup is the Lakers, and we expect that Lakers will cover the spread (Lakers -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 234.5 points.

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Austin Harper

Austin is a co-founders at Betsperts and a devoted father of 2. Born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, Austin is passionate about the Atlanta Hawks, Braves, and Falcons. Austin received his Bachelors of Science from Clemson University and gets back for Clemson football and basketball games every chance he gets!

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