Short-Handed Lakers to be Blasted by Rockets

Jordan Sharp

Sunday, December 31, 2017 3:29 PM UTC

Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 3:29 PM UTC

The Rockets are finally getting healthier, and they could have their full starting lineup back on Sunday against the very banged up Lakers. The spread reflects that with the Rockets as -14 ½ favorites, but it’s the first half odds that are attracting my money on New Year’s Eve.

Free Pick: Rockets -8 ½ 1H & OVER 115 ½ 1H
Best Lines Available at Jazz[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3263842, "sportsbooksIds":[186,19,169,93,1096], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]Lakers vs. Rockets

With three starters out for this game, the Lakers are pretty short-handed against one of the best teams in the NBA. That’s going to hurt, especially when they don’t have their starting backcourt.

Lonzo Ball is still out of action for this game, and because the game is on the road outside of California, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be out as well. Without their starting backcourt, Jordan Clarkson and rookie Josh Hart will have to play a lot more, and that’s going to be a disaster defensively.

The Lakers are a pretty good defensive team, but without their backcourt, that goes out the window against Chris Paul and James Harden. The Rockets guards are going to destroy the Lakers in this one, and without Brook Lopez, the potential return of Clint Capela is going to have an effect on this one too.

Seeing as the first half total is only 115 and the spread is -8 ½, I see the Rockets coming out hot against this short-handed Lakers team. However, to spread around the risk, I am betting the over on the first half, as well as the spread in favor of the Rockets.

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