Gasol, Howard injured for Lakers; Tues. line moves

Jan 7, 2013 |
The L.A. Lakers will face the scorching hot Houston Rockets Tuesday night without their two best big men, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.

Howard suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder in Sunday's loss to Denver and Gasol has a concussion after a blow to the face in the same game. Howard tied a career high with 26 rebounds in the game and played 41 minutes dispite the injury but now both he and Gasol are out indefinitely.

Oddsmaking service, The Sports Club, initially recommended the Lakers at +3.5 for their game at Houston Tuesday Tuesday, but since the latest injury news, they've moved that line to +6. The total was suggested at 212.

Odds came out late Tuesday afternoon where the Rockets opened as 7-point favorites and the total opened at 219.5. The line quickly moved to 8 points and the total went to 220.5 out of the gate.

The Rockets have covered 10 of their last 11 games and are the hottest bet in the NBA right now. The Lakers are also just 1-8 against the spread as an underdog this season.

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