Free NBA expert picks for Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Lakers will play against Houston Rockets in the regular season of the NBA, and on our site, you can read Free NBA expert picks. The game is on Saturday, January 18, at 8:30 PM ET and the place is Toyota Center, Houston, Texas.
Los Angeles Lakers 33-8 are 1st in the NBA Western Conference. On Wednesday they played their latest match in the league against Orlando Magic at home and lost it by only one point – 118-119. The only Lakers player who scored 20 or more points was Quinn Cook who finished with 22. LeBron James also played on a high level and finished with 19 points and 19 assists but his team fell short to win.
However, before this lose the team of Frank Vogel won 9 matches in a row. In that winning series, L.A. Lakers beat twice Dallas Mavericks and also away from home Oklahoma City Thunder 125-110. Now the team will play 5 matches away from home in which they will face the teams of Rockets, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.
Houston Rockets 26-14 are 5th in the NBA Western Conference. The team of Mike D’Antoni lost their latest two matches in the league and also got 3 losses in their latest four matches. On Tuesday they were beaten by Memphis Grizzlies away from home 110-121. James Harden played according to his high standards against Grizzlies and scored 41 points but his team lost after allowing 36 points in the 4th quarter.
On the next day, Rockets played at home against Portland Trail Blazers and lost 107-117. This time James Harden had an awful match with only 13 points and even that Russell Westbrook finished with triple-double – 31 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds – that was not enough for victory. The third loss in that series was away from home against Oklahoma City Thunder 92-113.
Houston Rockets are 14-5 at home but Los Angeles Lakers got better record away from home with 17 wins and 3 losses. Both teams lost their last clash in the NBA and will be very motivated to win so I will not pick a winner but expect a lot of points from these teams who got time to rest and their stars will be fresh. Free NBA expert picks: Over 230½