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Rockets vs. Lakers line, picks: Advanced computer NBA model releases selections for Sunday matchup

SportsLine's projection model generated selections for Sunday's matchup between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers
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The Los Angeles Lakers host the Houston Rockets in a Western Conference tilt at 10:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Los Angeles is favored by 11.5 points at Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is set at 222 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our NBA odds page). Before making any Rockets vs. Lakers picks, you NEED to check out the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned almost $9,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model finished up almost $600 on its top-rated picks last season and enters Week 2 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 103-68 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread. Anyone following it has seen HUGE returns!

The model knows the Rockets are keyed by Christian Wood. He is averaging 19.8 points and 11.2 rebounds per game for the season, and Wood is a big reason why Houston is dangerous offensively. The Rockets are also hitting 36 percent of their three-point attempts, a top-10 figure in the NBA, and they get to the line at a top-10 rate. Houston also creates a turnover on nearly 15 percent of defensive possessions, which is key against a Lakers team with ball security question marks.

The model also knows the Lakers are excellent at putting the ball in the basket. Los Angeles is a top-three team in field goal percentage, shooting 48.7 percent, with top-four marks in two-point accuracy (54.3 percent) and three-point accuracy (38.9 percent). Houston struggles to contain shooters, and the Lakers should be able to maintain efficiency in this matchup.

Now, it has set its sights on Rockets vs. Lakers. We can tell you the model is leaning under the total, and it also says one side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any NBA picks.

Who wins Rockets vs. Lakers? And which side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations? ... Join SportsLine right now to find out which side of the Rockets vs. Lakers spread you should be all over Sunday, all from the model on a roll on NBA picks!

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