On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers (16-18 SU, 11-22-1 ATS) will take a trip to Houston to satisfy the Rockets (10-24 SU, 16-17-1 ATS) at the Toyota Center. Which group will snap their losing streak?
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Betting Odds and Lines
Point spread: Lakers -5.5 (-110)
Moneyline: Rockets +175 / Lakers -210
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Injury Report
All injury reports are at the time of composing. Updates to the injury report will come throughout the day.
For the Lakers, Trevor Ariza, Kent Bazemore, Austin Reaves and Rajon Rondo are all in the league’s health and wellness procedures. Anthony Davis (MCL Sprain) and Kendrick Nunn (Knee Bone Bruise) are both out while Lebron James (Abdominal) is possible.
For the Rockets, D.J Augustin, Kenyon Martin Jr., Jae’Sean Tate and Garrison Matthews are all in the league’s health and wellness procedures. Kevin Porter Jr. (Left Thigh Contusion) and Jalen Green (Left Hamstring) are possible.
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Lakers Searching for Answers
The Lakers simply are not playing excellent basketball today. They’ve lost 5 straight video games and cannot appear to discover a circulation offensively or string together stops defensively.
Over their 5 video game losing streak they are dead last in Offensive Rating and 23rd in Defensive Rating. They are likewise 28th in eFG%, 26th in FG% and last in 3P%.
It’s not like Lebron James has actually been playing inadequately, though. It’s the group around him that has actually not had the ability to do much. Over the last 5 video games, Lebron is balancing 31.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.6 helps.
Without Anthony Davis playing in this video game, the Lakers requirement Russel Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard and Wayne Ellington to step up.
Rockets Far Removed from Brief Win Streak
It wasn’t so long ago that the Rockets played inspired basketball on their method to duping 8 straight wins.
Much like the Lakers, the Rockets are likewise playing truly bad basketball. They are 1-4 over their last 5 video games and lost to the Hornets 123-99 Monday night. Over that 5 video game stretch the Rockets are 17th in Offensive Rating, 30th in Defensive Rating and 28th in Net Rating.
While they’ve been great on the offending end, they simply cannot get stops defensively. They are 26th in the NBA in challenger FG% at the rim, 26th in challenger eFG% and 27th in challenger. They do protect the 3 rather well, ranking 13th in challenger e3P%.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Prediction
This is a great area to back the Lakers. Losers of 5 directly, they get an extremely beneficial match versus the Rockets here.
While the Lakers can’t shoot the 3, they do enjoy assaulting the rim. The Lakers are second in the NBA in FGA % at the rim, and 8th in FG% at the rim. The Rockets, as previously mentioned, are 26th in the NBA in challenger FG% at the rim.
The Rockets protect the 3 rather well, however that won’t make much of a distinction versus a Lakers group that both cannot and need to not be taking lots of 3s in this video game.
I anticipate huge video games from Lebron James and Russel Westbrook as they assault the rim all night and exceed a Rockets group handling Covid concerns on the 2nd night of a back-to-back.
It doesn’t injure that Russ is breaking his previous company, either. Back the Lakers in a good solve area. Just make certain Lebron is playing initially.
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