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The Lakers travel to Houston tonight to take on the Rockets for a primetime matchup. Handicapper and NBA expert ThatGuyBets is here to get into his best bet.

Rockets vs. Lakers Prediction, Player Prop Pick: Can D’Angelo Russell Dominate?

The Houston Rockets host the Los Angeles Lakers in Houston, Texas, tonight for an exciting NBA matchup. ThatGuyBets is here to break down his prediction, pick, and odds ahead of tonight's game.

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Rockets vs. Lakers Start Time, Where to Watch, Odds

  • Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
  • Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: NBA League Pass

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Rockets vs. Lakers Prediction

1u - D’Angelo Russell o22.5 PTS (-120) Bet $120 to collect $220. BetMGM has the best odds, click here

This is an obvious pick, but it’s worth betting on, even though it should be a public favorite. Since Los Angeles will be missing LeBron and Davis tonight, Russell will be used as the No. 1 scorer. It’s likely his efficiency could suffer, but his volume will go up in this spot which should offset one another.

The matchup couldn’t be better; D'Angelo faces a Rockets team that allows the most points per game in the NBA to the point guard position. The last two times we saw Russell face Houston, he was in a Wolves uniform. However, he scored 30 and 23 points in back-to-back games in January.

This game has a close spread of three points, so we hope to see D-Lo get a heavy dosage of minutes here. In Russell’s last three games, he is averaging 17 FGA per game, and that was with Anthony Davis playing alongside him. With him gone and LeBron still sidelined, I don’t think it’s out of the question to project 20+ FGA. If that’s the case, asking for 23 points isn’t asking for him even to play efficiently. Just don’t start shooting like Ben Simmons. Let's stay hot and let's roll!

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Josh has a knack for picking winning bets, and he specializes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. As a lifelong Detroit sports fan, he has plenty of time on his hands during playoff season. You can follow him on Twitter at @ThatGuyBets.


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