NBA Picks: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IApril 17, 2013

NBA Picks: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Los Angeles Lakers haven't missed the postseason since 2005, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks on Wednesday, when they close out the regular season against the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Lakers are 2.5-point home favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 203 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Western Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a total prediction along the way. 

Houston Rockets

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    The Houston Rockets have alternated wins and losses over their last six games. On Wednesday, they will attempt to bounce back from Monday's 119-112 defeat to the Phoenix Suns as 7.5-point road favorites.

    Sports bettors will find that the Rockets are 4-3-1 against the spread as road underdogs of three points or less during the 2012-13 NBA campaign.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Los Angeles Lakers have won four games in a row, including a 91-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs as 3.5-point home underdogs last Saturday.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Lakers are 2-5-2 against the spread as home favorites of three points or less, with the UNDER going 6-3 in that situation. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their pro basketball picks on Wednesday night, as the OVER is 4-1 when the Los Angeles Lakers play at home with a betting number between 200 and 204.5.

    NBA Pick: Over 203

     

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