Two of the best teams in the West are clashing tonight. The first Lakers (51-16), who are coming off an embarrassing 19-point loss last night, are facing the Rockets (42-25). Houston is also coming off a defeat and both teams were considered favorites in those games.
Date/Time: 08-06-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets +1.5 Total: +233.5
Rockets have a 42-25 record (31-36 ATS). They are tied with Oklahoma in the 5th place of the West. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak end by losing against the Blazers, 102-110. They failed to cover the -3.5 spread.
James Harden leads the team both in scoring with 34.3 ppg and in assists made with 7.4. He also adds 6.4 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook follows with 27.4 ppg, 7.1 assists and a team high 8 rebounds.
Lakers have a 51-16 record (36-30-1 ATS). They are sitting on top of the West. In their last game they lost against the Thunder, 96-105. They failed to cover the -5.5 handicap.
Anthony Davis leads the team both in scoring with 26.5 ppg and in rebounding with 9.3. He was held to just 9 points after his 42-point eruption. He isHe isLeBron James adds 25.3 ppg, 8 rebounds and a league-best 10.3 assists.
Both teams are tied 1-1 wins this season.
Rockets won by 10 points and Lakers by 9, both on the road.
Houston has the best offense in the league (118.4 to 113.4). On the other hand, Lakers have the second-best defense (106.8 to 114.9).
LA leads the league in FG% (48% to 45.3%), while both teams have a similar 3pt% (34.9% to 34.8%).
Lakers are better both in rebounding (45.9 to 44.7) and in assists made (25.5 to 21.6). Rockets commit fewer turnovers (14.4 to 15.1).
Bookmakers give the Lakers a -1.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They seem very relaxed after clinching the first place of the West. Rockets are fighting for the best playoff placement possible.
Lakers vs Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets +1.5 (-113)