Houston Rockets versus LA Lakers Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 1-8-2013

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The 15-18 LA Lakers will travel to play the 20-14 Houston Rockets in an NBA pro basketball game on Tuesday night. Tip time from Houston is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

Due to the injuries to Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard expect the odds from this NBA game to come out on Tuesday afternoon.

The teams are meeting for the third time this regular season. Each team won and covered in their home game. Trend: LA Lakers are 0-3 ATS in their past three games.

The Lakers are 5-10 on the road this season. They are 3-4 with the return of Steve Nash to the lineup. LA has lost three straight and four of five games. They are defeated on Sunday night by the Denver Nuggets 112-105 as a -5 ½ point home favorite. The total came in at over 213 ½ points. LA has trouble once again securing the basketball as they commit 18 turnovers in the loss. It is an issue that has been plaguing LA all season long. The news just keeps getting worse and worse for LA. Pau Gasol will not play due to a concussion and Dwight Howards is out due to a shoulder injury suffered in the Clippers game. The Lakers will be shorthanded on Tuesday as they enter Houston. LA has given up nearly 101 points a game ranking 26th in the NBA.

The Rockets are 13-6 playing at home this season. They have won four straight and eight of their past ten games with the losses coming at San Antonio and home to Oklahoma City. Houston defeats Cleveland on Saturday 112-104 as a -6 point road underdog. The game ended over 213 points. The Rockets hit nearly 47% from the floor in the victory and allow Cleveland just 39%. Houston is the number one scoring offense in the league with 106 points scoring average. James Harden leads the Rockets in scoring with 26 point per game average.

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