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Rockets Look to Close Season Strong Against Lakers

The Houston Rockets wrap up their regular season with two West Coast road games starting with Tuesday’s clash against the Los Angeles Lakers in a 10:30 p.m. start on TNT from the Staples Center.

BetAnySports has opened the Rockets as eight-point road favorites with the total set at 218. The line has held steady, but the total has dropped to 2017.

The Rockets roll into the postseason with the best record in basketball at 64-16. They are coming off a 108-102 loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday as five-point home favorites. This was second straight-up loss in four games coming off an 11-game winning streak.

They have failed to cover against the spread in four of their last five games. The total has stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in five of Houston’s last six outings.

James Harden looks ready to lead his team to a long postseason run. He is in form and led the team with a game-high 26 points against the Thunder. Harden connected on seven of his 16 shots from the field and Chris Paul added 17 points in the losing cause.

The Rockets are averaging 112.8 points per game as the NBA’s second-highest scoring team. They have failed to reach that mark in four of their last five contests.

Lakers Looking for Continued Improvement Against Rockets

Los Angeles continues to ride out the string of the NBA season. They have one SU victory over their last six games as part of a 3-10 record in its last 13 contests. The Lakers are 1-4 both SU and ATS in their last five home games.

This includes Sunday’s 112-97 loss to Utah as 9.5-point home underdogs. The total went OVER 208 points in that game on BetAnySports’ closing line and it has gone OVER in four of their last six games.

The Lakers’ depleted lineup has Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball listed as day-to-day for Tuesday. Both players sat out Sunday’s game. In their absence, Josh Hart scored a team-high 25 points and Tyler Ennis added 22 points off the bench.

Los Angeles is averaging 108.1 PPG. That is ranked 10th in the NBA. At the other end of the court, it falls into a tie for 25th in the league in points allowed (109.8).

With nothing on the line for either team in this matchup, playing tight, shutdown defense will not be a high priority. The lean is towards Houston SU and ATS. The ‘best bet’ play is the OVER the 217 on BetAnySports’ current total line.


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