In Game 5 of this Western Semifinal, the Lakers are facing once again the Rockets. They have won three straight in the series and are 7-1 in their last 8. They have a commanding 3-1 lead and need only one win in the next three games in order to advance to the conference finals. On the other hand, Rockets are with their backs against the wall and want to avoid elimination today.
Date/Time: 09-12-2020, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -6.5 Total: +217
Lakers finished the regular season with a 52-19 record (36-34-1 ATS). They were first in the West. They have won seven of their last eight matches. In their last game they won Houston in Game 4, 110-100. They were a -5.5 favorite and covered the spread.
Anthony Davis leads the team both in scoring with 29.2 ppg and in rebounding with 10.9 per game. LeBron James adds 26.3 ppg, 10.2 rebounds and a team-high 9 assists per game.
Rockets finished the regular season with a 44-28 record (33-39 ATS). They were fourth in the West. They have three consecutive losses. In their last game they lost by the Lakers in game four, 100-110. They were a +5.5 underdog and didn’t beat the odds.
James Harden leads the team both in scoring with 29.5 ppg and in assists made with 7.9. He also adds 5.5 rebounds per game, while Russell Westbrook adds 19 ppg, 4.4 assists and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game.
Lakers lead the Rockets 4-3 wins this season.
Houston has a better offense (116.6 to 113.5 ppg) and commit fewer turnovers (14.5 to 15.2).
On the other hand, LA has a better defense (107.5 to 113.7) and field goal percentage (48.1% to 45%).
They also grab more boards (45.8 to 43.7) and dish more assists (25.5 to 21.6).
Both squads have a similar 3-point percentage (34.9% to 34.8%).
Bookmakers give the Lakers a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They proved themselves superior to the Rockets and they will end the series with another win today.
Rockets vs Lakers Game 5 Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -6.5 (-110)