Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets 1/16/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets 1/16/23
Mon 16th January 2023

Both teams will be hoping to halt losing runs when the Los Angeles Lakers (19-24, 10-10 Home) play host to the Houston Rockets (10-33, 4-19 Away) on Monday.

Both teams will be playing the second of a back-to-back. The Rockets are 1-5 without rest, while the Lakers are 2-4. Houston was dismantled by the Los Angeles Clippers 121-100 at Arena yesterday, their 10th loss in a row.

Eric Gordon was the leading scorer in defeat with 24 points. KJ Martin added 22 points and nine rebounds. The Rockets are the 15th seed in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles lost their third in a row in a close one yesterday at Arena, falling to the Philadelphia 76ers 113-112. LeBron James had 35 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds in the loss, leading the team.

The Lakers are 13th in the Western Conference. This marks the first meeting of the season between the teams. Los Angeles won three out of four games between the teams last season, although Houston triumphed 139-130 in overtime in the last meeting at Toyota Center in March 2022.

Jalen Green led the Rockets with 32 points. Russell Westbrook had 30 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in the loss. Green and Kevin Porter Jr., averaging 21.5 and 19.2 points per game, respectively, are leading the Rockets in scoring this season.

Porter Jr. also has dished 5.6 assists per game. Meanwhile, Alperen Sengun is grabbing 8.6 rebounds per game. James has powered the Lakers on offense, averaging 29.2 points per game. He ranks as the seventh-highest scorer in the NBA. James also has collected 8.4 rebounds per game.

Westbrook has tallied 7.9 assists per game. The teams have split their last 10 clashes at Arena (5-5). Houston is looking to avoid a seventh straight road defeat this season. In the last 10 games, Houston is 0-10 with an average margin of -16.6 (105.7-122.3).

Los Angeles has gone 6-4 over the last 10, scoring 119.2 points per game on average while holding opponents to 116.9 (+2.3 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
Eric Gordon: 15.0 | 12.0 | +3.0
Assists per game:
Kevin Porter Jr.: 3.3 | 5.6 | -2.3


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Russell Westbrook: 41.0 | 30.0 | +11.0
Patrick Beverley: 7.3 | 11.9 | -4.5
Points per game:
Russell Westbrook: 22.8 | 15.5 | +7.3
Rebounds per game:
Thomas Bryant: 9.8 | 7.2 | +2.6
Assists per game:
LeBron James: 9.0 | 6.9 | +2.1

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