The Los Angeles Lakers (39-38) have managed to stage a comeback in the playoff race as they prepare to take on the Houston Rockets (19-59) at the Toyota Center on Sunday.
The Lakers are currently 8th in the West, 6-4 in their last 10, and on a two-game winning streak. Their latest triumph was a 123-111 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Los Angeles was led by Anthony Davis, who scored 38 points on the night, well supported by LeBron James (18) and other players who scored in double digits. Mike Conley Jr. and Karl Anthony Towns were the leaders in offense for the Timberwolves, scoring 25 and 23 points, respectively.
The Lakers’ tonight’s opponents, the Houston Rockets, are last in the West and are on a 3-7 run in their previous ten games. Houston is coming off a 121-115 win against the Detroit Pistons, where Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green led the scoring charts for the Rockets with 33 and 32 points. The entire starting lineup for the Rockets scored in double digits, leading them to a 6-point win.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets: Match Details
Fixture: Los Angeles Lakers @ Houston Rockets
Date & Time: Sunday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets: Injury Report
The Rockets have only one injury concern, as Jae Sean Tate has been ruled out due to a knee injury. As for the Lakers, LeBron James is questionable due to a foot injury, while Anthony Davis is probable with a foot problem. Mo Mamba is out with an ankle injury.
|Jae Sean Tate||Houston Rockets||Out||Knee|
|LeBron James||Los Angeles Lakers||Questionable||Foot|
|Anthony Davis||Los Angeles Lakers||Probable||Foot|
|Mo Mamba||Los Angeles Lakers||Out||Ankle|
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets: Betting Odds
|Los Angeles Lakers||-625||-11.5 (-110)||O 236 (-110)|
|Houston Rockets||+470||+11.5 (-110)||U 236 (-110)|
Lakers: F LeBron James, F Jared Vanderbilt, C Anthony Davis, G D’Angelo Russell, G Austin Reaves
Rockets: F Jabari Smith Jr., F Kenyon Martin Jr., C Alperen Sengun, G Kevin Porter Jr., G Jalen Green
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets: Betting Prediction
The two teams are tied at 1-1 against each other this season. They now meet for the third and final time in the regular season to decide who wins the series. The Rockets have been terrible at home and on the road, so they don’t have any advantage. On the other hand, the Lakers are 18-20 away from home. They are 9th in offense, scoring 116.5 ppg, whereas the Rockets are scoring 110.5 ppg, 29th in the league. Defensively, the Lakers are 20th, conceding 116.5 ppg, while the Rockets are 28th, conceding 118.8 ppg.
Since the Lakers are in the hustle to qualify for the playoffs, expect them to cover the spread tonight.