- The Los Angeles Lakers have -275 odds to beat the Houston Rockets.
- The total points for the game is set at 215.5 points.
- There is a -6.5-point spread in favor of the Lakers.
ORLANDO—As the NBA playoffs continue, the Western Conference series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets could come to a close on Saturday as the Lakers hold a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Going into this crucial Game 5, NBA oddsmakers have the Lakers favored to win this game and the series at that.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Game 5 Betting Odds
- Lakers (-275) vs. Rockets (+225)
- Over 215.5 (-110), Under 215.5 (-110)
- Lakers -6.5
The Lakers are the clear favorites here to close out the series and rightfully so. Since losing Game 1, the Lakers have gone on to win three straight games by commanding margins. They obviously have the upper hand on the Rockets considering that they came into this series with just about a week of rest while the Rockets had just one day off after a seven-game series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Bettors should also know that betting against LeBron James is never the best idea as he goes into rare form come playoff time and he is showing the world that right now.
Looking at the point total, it might seem as if legal sports betting sites have set the total a bit high for this Game 5 matchup. In three of the four games played thus far, the over has been hit just one time. This is strange for the Rockets as they are usually a high scoring team, but it seems as if the Lakers have their number defensively. As long as the Lakers continue to keep the pressure on the Rockets, it is hard to see this game coming even close to the point total.
As for the spread, as mentioned before, the Lakers won three straight games by a large margin in all three. They won their first game by eight points and their second and third by ten points each. Being that the Lakers have not only been able to keep the pressure defensively, they have also been able to counter by putting up a clinic offensively as they have scored 110 or more points in all of those three games.
That being said, betting on the Lakers to cover the spread should be a go no matter what.
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