Free NBA Picks Today: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers 4/2/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers 4/2/23
Sun 2nd April 2023

The Houston Rockets (19-59, 13-26 Home) welcome the Los Angeles Lakers (39-38, 18-20 Away) Sunday at Toyota Center. Los Angeles beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 123-111 at Target Center on Friday. Anthony Davis had a standout performance with 38 points and 17 rebounds. The Lakers are the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Houston triumphed on Friday at Toyota Center, beating the Detroit Pistons 121-115. Kevin Porter Jr. had 33 points, leading the team. The Rockets are the 15th seed in the Western Conference. This marks the final meeting of the season between the teams.

Los Angeles and Houston have split their two matchups this season. The Rockets earned the win in the most recent meeting, beating the Lakers 114-110 at Toyota Center on March 15. Porter Jr. led the Rockets with 27 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. Austin Reaves had 24 points and seven assists in the loss.

The Lakers have been led this season by Dennis Schroder (12.8 ppg), Reaves (12.4), and Lonnie Walker IV (12.0). Schroder also has dished 4.6 assists per game. Meanwhile, Wenyen Gabriel is grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game.

Jalen Green and Porter Jr. have supplied much of the Rockets’ offense, averaging 22.0 and 19.0 points per game, respectively. Porter Jr. also has tallied 5.8 assists per game. Alperen Sengun has posted 8.7 rebounds per game.

The teams have split their last 10 matchups at Toyota Center (5-5).Los Angeles is 6-4 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +4.1 (115.2-111.1). Houston has gone 3-7 over the last 10, allowing 122.4 points per game on average while scoring only 112.3 (-10.1 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Austin Reaves: 27.6 | 18.7 | +8.9
Rui Hachimura: 7.8 | 16.3 | -8.6
Points per game:
LeBron James: 20.7 | 29.0 | -8.3
Assists per game:
LeBron James: 4.3 | 6.8 | -2.4


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Usman Garuba: 5.4 | 8.1 | -2.7
Rebounds per game:
Jabari Smith Jr.: 9.2 | 7.2 | +2.0

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Houston Rockets +11.5 (-110)

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