Pick | Rockets vs. Lakers | Game 1
The Western Conference semi-finals begin with Houston taking on the Los Angeles
are coming off a wild seven-game series with Oklahoma City. James Hardenís
blocked shot, of all things, proved huge in a 104-102 Game 7 victory.
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Lakers enjoyed some time off after dispatching Portland in five games, will
they have an advantage over the Rockets who had to go seven?
Houston Rockets (48-31, 36-42-1 ATS) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (56-20, 39-36-1
9:00 PM ET, Friday, September 4, 2020
AdventHealth Arena, Wesley Chapel, Florida
Line: LAL -6.5†††††††††† Total:226.5
two former MVPs in its lineup - Harden and Russell Westbrook. Harden has been
in a severe shooting slump, just ask the many sports
blogs. He averaged 30 points a game against OKC in their series, but he
shot just 31 percent from behind the arc. Harden was just 1-of-9 in Game 7.
woes continue, that will not bode well for Houston. The other issue is, of
course, the Rockets affinity for small-ball. Jeff Green is the Rockets tallest
listed starter at 6-foot-8. Robert Covington, who has been fantastic in the
postseason, is just 6-7.
stat line is impressive: 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.4 steals, and 1.6 blocks
per game. His defense is outstanding as has been the case for the entire
Rockets lineup. Houston held OKC under 100 points twice in their series.
will have their hands full with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers can
go small with James at the 4 and Davis at the 5, if they desire. The thing
is...Houston beat L.A. in two regular season games by playing small-ball.
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note is that James and Davis each missed one game against Houston. The dynamic
duo playing together will be the difference on Friday night. Davis averaged 29
points a game on 57 percent shooting against Portland. James hit for 27 a game
on 60 percent shooting.
shooting numbers arenít likely to continue, the Lakers are rested and ready to
go against Houston. The number to watch is 120. In the last four games of the
Portland series, the Lakers averaged 120.2 points per 100 possessions. It was
largely due to much improved shooting.
If you go
back 14 games, the Lakers ATS numbers look abysmal. They are just 4-10 ATS.
But, if you look at the last four games of the Portland series, youíll see that
L.A. covered in three of four.
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covered three straight as a single digit underdog. They failed to cover in Game
5 as a 13.5-point favorite, a game in which Portland star Damian Lillard did
also factor in Houstonís recent record against the spread. Itís not all that
good. The Rockets are just 1-4 ATS in their last five games and just 1-5 ATS in
their last six when they have been the road team.
ready versus tired and weary. Iíll take the former to cover in Game 1 for this free
Pick: Lakers -6.5