Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, Preview and Odds - 11/02/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 10:30 pm ET, Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Venue:  STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Where to Watch:  Sportsnet LA

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Rockets +10.5, Lakers -10.5; Over/Under:  218.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Rockets +10, Lakers -10; Over/Under:  218 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Rockets +10.5, Lakers -10.5; Over/Under:  218 points
 

Season Record

Houston Rockets:  1-5 (4th place, Southwest Division)
Los Angeles Lakers:  4-3 (2nd place, Pacific Division)
 
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Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Houston Rockets:  1-5 last 5
Los Angeles Lakers:  4-3 last 5
 
 
 

Houston Rockets Analysis

The Rockets are coming into this game with a 1-5 record overall and they are 0-3 in their road games this regular season where they will be in this game. The Rockets won their first game of the season back on October 22 and that is their only win on the season so far as they have gone on a 4 game losing streak since then. They played the Lakers in LA on Sunday night and will now be playing their 2nd straight against them. They lost that game against the LA Lakers 95-85 in a game that they were dominated in from the start, getting outscored for the first 3 quarters of that game. They made a comeback in the fourth quarter but could only cut their deficit down to 10 points as they went on to lose. Eric Gordon led the team in points off the bench in that game with 17 while Christian Wood was next on the team with 16 points. They really did not have much of an offensive effort in that game at all. Jalen Green led the team in assists in that game with 5 while Wood led the team in rebounds with 13. Their offense is averaging 101.5 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 109.2 PPG against them. The Rockets opened their last game as a 12 point underdog with that line closing around 11.5 while the point total opened at 224 and closed around the same number. They covered the spread in that game as they lost by 10 points while the game stayed under the total with 180 total points. 
 
 

Los Angeles Lakers Analysis

The Lakers are coming into this game with a 4-3 record overall and they are 3-2 in their home games this NBA season where they will be in this game. After a rough start to their season where they opened with 2 losses, the Lakers have won 4 of their last 5 games and are on a 2 game winning streak coming into this one. They won their last game against the Rockets on Sunday night and they dominated them in that game from start to finish. They had a comfortable lead at the end of every quarter in that game and were never in jeopardy of losing that game. Carmelo Anthony led the team in points off the bench in that game with 23 while Russell Westbrook was next on the team with 20 points. LeBron James and Anthony Davis both scored more than 15 points each in that one as well but there was a solid effort from everyone on the team contributing in the offense. Westbrook led the team in assists in that game with 9 while Davis led the team in rebounds with 13. Their offense is averaging 112.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 112 PPG against them. The Lakers opened their last game as a 12 point favorite with that line closing around 11.5 while the point total opened at 224 points and closed around the same number. They did not cover the spread in that game winning it by 10 points while the game stayed under the total with 180 total points. 
 
 

 

Rockets vs Lakers Prediction

The Lakers are coming into this game as a 10 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. They are coming off of a 10 point win against the Rockets the other night but they had a very large lead in that game and let the Rockets come back with a backdoor cover late in that game. The Lakers have a lot of their players contributing to this offense as well, not just LeBron and Davis. They will overpower the Rockets once again but this time they will maintain their large lead much better. The best bet to place in this game is on the Lakers to cover the spread in this game.
 
Rockets Lakers Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Tuesday, November 2, 2021 (10:00 pm ET start time) is Lakers 112 Rockets 99.
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NBA Betting Trends

 
Houston Rockets: 39-28 ATS as an underdog of 10 or more points. 1047-1032 ATS in all games. 429-387 ATS as an underdog. 339-290 ATS as a road underdog. 540-485 ATS in road games. 169-149 ATS in November games.
Los Angeles Lakers: 136-177 ATS as a favorite of 10 or more points. 1040-1141 ATS in all games. 149-185 ATS when the total is 210 to 219.5. 646-722 ATS as a favorite. 400-453 ATS as a home favorite. 507-570 ATS in home games. 339-357 ATS in the first half of the season.
 

Key Injuries

 
Houston Rockets:  D. House Jr. (SF) Out indefinitely - Foot injury. G. Mathews (SG) Out indefinitely - Personal. J. Wall (PG) Out indefinitely - Holdout.
Los Angeles Lakers:  W. Ellington (SG) Ques Tues - Hamstring injury. R. Rondo (PG) Ques Tues - Ankle injury. D. Howard (C) Ques Tues - Neck injury. T. Horton-Tucker (SG) Out indefinitely - Thumb injury. K. Nunn (PG) Out indefinitely - Ankle injury. T. Ariza (SF) Early Dec - Ankle injury.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
"I think people don't really understand me. I think there's a misconception out there about me not being able to adapt to situations. I'm easily adaptable to any situation and I've always tried to adapt to any situation I've been in. This is an easy adaptation for me just being here and being around the guys, being ready, staying ready, understanding what's needed and being prepared." - Carmelo Anthony after leading the team in points in their last game off the bench.
 
 
"Turnovers wore us out. It's been a problem for the first part of the season and when you're playing against a good team, which is what we're doing every night, we have to understand our spacing and a lot of things that go into the turnovers. Some were just careless and others were forced. Forced isn't necessarily bad but careless (ones) we'll have to watch as a group because it's becoming a problem night after night." - Stephen Silas on their loss to the Lakers in their last game.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Houston Rockets
PG     Kevin Porter Jr.
SG     Jalen Green
SF     Jae'Sean Tate
PF     Daniel Theis
C     Christian Wood
 
Los Angeles Lakers
PG     Russell Westbrook
SG     Malik Monk
SF     Kent Bazemore
PF     LeBron James
C     Anthony Davis
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Houston Rockets
PPG: C. Wood (19.2)
APG: K. Porter Jr. (5)
Reb/G: C. Wood (11.5)
 
Los Angeles Lakers
PPG: A. Davis (24.7)
APG: R. Westbrook (8.7)
Reb/G: A. Davis (11.4)
 
Coaches:
Houston Rockets: Stephen Silas (2nd season)
Los Angeles Lakers: Frank Vogel (3rd season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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