In the opening game of this Western Conference semifinal, the Lakers will be facing the Rockets. Lakers dropped game 1 of the quarterfinals but bounce back and with four straight wins, they eliminated Portland. On the other hand, Houston had a much tougher challenge versus OKC, which they eliminated after 7 games.
Date/Time: 09-04-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -6.5 Total: +224
Lakers finished the regular season with a 52-19 record (36-34-1 ATS). They were first in the West. They have four consecutive wins. In their last game they won the Blazers in game 5, 131-122, eliminating them. They were a -13.5 favorite but did not cover the spread.
Anthony Davis leads the team in scoring with 29.8 ppg, adding 9.4 rebounds per game. LeBron James adds 27.4 ppg and leads the team both in rebounding (10.2) and in assists made (10.2).
Rockets finished the regular season with a 44-28 record (33-39 ATS). They were fourth in the West. They won two of their last three games. In their last game they won the Thunder in Game 7, 104-102. They were a 5.5-point favorite and didn’t beat the odds.
James Harden leads the team both in scoring with 29.7 ppg and in assists made with 8. He also adds 6.3 rebounds per game, while Eric Gordon adds 18.1 ppg.
Houston led LA 2-1 wins in the regular season.
Rockets are better offensively (117.2 to 113.7 ppg) and commit fewer turnovers (14.5 to 15.2).
On the other hand, Lakers have a better defense (107.6 to 113.9) and field goal percentage (48% to 44.9%)
They also grab more boards (45.9 to 44.2) and dish more assists (25.4 to 21.6).
Both teams have a similar 3-point percentage (34.8% to 34.7%).
Bookmakers give the Lakers a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They have a better team and are more rested than the Rockets and they will have an easy one tonight.
Rockets vs Lakers Game 1 Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -6.5 (-110)