Free NBA Picks Today: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers 3/15/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers 3/15/23
Wed 15th March 2023

The Houston Rockets (16-52, 10-24 Home) play host to the Los Angeles Lakers (34-35, 16-19 Away) Wednesday at Toyota Center. Los Angeles is playing on back-to-back days after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 123-108 at Smoothie King Center yesterday. Anthony Davis had a standout performance with 35 points and 17 rebounds. The Lakers are 11th in the Western Conference.

Houston won a close one on Monday at Toyota Center, beating the Boston Celtics 111-109. Jalen Green had 28 points to lead the team in scoring. With 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jabari Smith Jr. also had an impressive game. The Rockets are 15th in the Western Conference. The teams are meeting for the last time this season.

Los Angeles will be looking for a season sweep against Houston after earning the win in the only previous matchup 140-132 at Arena on January 16. LeBron James led the Lakers with 48 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds.

Alperen Sengun had 33 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks in the losing effort. Russell Westbrook is averaging 15.9 points per game to lead the Lakers in scoring this season. Westbrook also is contributing 7.5 assists, eighth-most in the league, and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Green (21.8 ppg) has powered the Rockets on offense. Sengun is tallying 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. The teams have split their last 10 games at Toyota Center (5-5). Meanwhile, the Lakers are 6-4 when playing on consecutive nights this season and 3-3 in such games against rested opponents.

The Rockets are 2-6 with a rest advantage.Los Angeles is 7-3 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +4.0 (114.7-110.7). For the season, the Lakers are averaging 116.7 points per game, compared to 117.1 for opponents. Houston has a 3-7 record over the last 10, allowing 119.3 points per game on average while scoring only 113.3 (-6.0 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
D’Angelo Russell: 37.7 | 27.3 | +10.3
Lonnie Walker IV: 6.0 | 15.7 | -9.7
Points per game:
D’Angelo Russell: 26.0 | 18.0 | +8.0
Lonnie Walker IV: 4.3 | 12.4 | -8.1
Rebounds per game:
Mo Bamba: 2.0 | 4.7 | -2.7


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Jabari Smith Jr.: 31.0 | 20.8 | +10.2
Points per game:
Jabari Smith Jr.: 20.0 | 12.4 | +7.6
Rebounds per game:
Jabari Smith Jr.: 9.0 | 7.1 | +1.9
Assists per game:
Kevin Porter Jr.: 9.3 | 5.8 | +3.4

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