Lakers vs Rockets Game 3 Picks, Spread and Prediction (09-08-20)

The Lakers bounced back in the second game and tied the series to one win apiece. They are 5-1 in their last 6 games and are facing once again the Rockets in Game 3 of this Western Conference semifinal. Houston had a huge third quarter in game two, outscoring LA 41-23, but then blacked out in the fourth, scoring just 17 points.

Date/Time: 09-08-2020, 21:00 EDT

Spread: Houston Rockets +4.5 Total: +222.5

Rockets finished the regular season with a 44-28 record (33-39 ATS). They were fourth in the West. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak end. They lost by the Lakers in game 2, 109-117. They were a 5.5-point underdog and didn’t beat the odds.

James Harden leads the team both in scoring with 30.1 ppg and in assists made with 7.6. He also adds 5.3 rebounds per game, while Eric Gordon adds 19.3 ppg.

Lakers finished the regular season with a 52-19 record (36-34-1 ATS). They were first in the West. They have won five of their last six matches. In their last game they won Houston in Game two, 117-109. They were a -5.5 favorite and covered the spread.

Anthony Davis leads the team both in scoring with 29.7 ppg and in rebounding with 10.1 per game. LeBron James adds 26.4 ppg, 10 rebounds and a team-high 9.6 assists per game.

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Houston leads LA 3-2 wins this season.

Rockets have a better offense (117 to 113.5 ppg) and commit fewer turnovers per game (14.6 to 15.2).

On the other hand, Lakers have both a better offense (107.7 to 113.7) and field goal percentage (48% to 45%)

They also grab more rebounds (45.8 to 44) and dish more assists (25.4 to 21.6).

Both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (34.9% to 34.8%).

Bookmakers give the Lakers a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They have found their rhythm and will win once again tonight.

Lakers vs Rockets Game 3 Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5 (-113)

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