Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers 9/4/2020 NBA Picks and Previews
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Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers 9/4/2020 – The Houston Rockets escaped the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven action-packed games to earn the right to face the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round. Game 1 of this star-studded series will begin on Friday, September 4 inside the “Bubble” at the AdventhHealth Arena in Wesley Chapel, Florida. ESPN will be the official broadcast partner for this matchup and the live coverage starts at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For those who want to watch the game through live stream, it is available for NBA League Pass subscribers and SofaScore. With just days after Game 7, NBA Playoff Lines see the Los Angeles Lakers carrying a huge advantage in their first encounter.
Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers 9/4/2020
Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers 9/4/2020 Betting Odds
Houston Rockets Betting
The Houston Rockets made it out of the first round and much credit to their defense in Game 7 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. James Harden has been the most consistent score leader for the Rockets and much s expected from him in this series. On the other hand, Russell Westbrook just came from an injury and seems to be shaking some rust in the previous series. The success of the team also relies on how Westbrook will play. Ryan Covington has been a great offensive addition for the team and trading for him showed some dividends against the Thunder.
Players to Watch: J. Harden SG GP 7 GS 7 MIN 36.4 PTS 29.7 OR 0.7 DR 5.6 REB 6.3 AST 8 STL 1.6 BLK 0.7 TO 3.1 PF 4.1 AST/TO 2.5 PER 28.1
E. Gordon SG GP 7 GS 7 MIN 34.1 PTS 18.1 OR 0.7 DR 2.6 REB 3.3 AST 3.4 STL 1.3 BLK 0.9 TO 2.7 PF 2.6 AST/TO 1.3 PER 12.77
R. Westbrook PG GP 3 GS 3 MIN 28.3 PTS 14.7 OR 1.3 DR 5 REB 6.3 AST 4 STL 0.7 BLK 0 TO 3 PF 3 AST/TO 1.3 PER 9.17.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting
The Los Angeles Lakers are well rested after their series against the Portland Trail Blazers. In that series, the team recalibrated to their championship form winning four-straight matches against their opponents. LeBron James proved that he can still carry the team as always and will be a triple-double threat in every match. Anthony Davis has been dominating against the big frontcourt of the Blazers and having him adjust and do the same production against the Rockets will be a big game-changer. Rajon Rondo looks to play in Game 1 but it would take time before fans can get to see “Playoff Rondo” once again.
Players to watch: A. Davis PF GP 5 GS 5 MIN 32.6 PTS 29.8 OR 3 DR 6.4 REB 9.4 AST 4.2 STL 1.4 BLK 1.6 TO 1.2 PF 1.8 AST/TO 3.5 PER 37.33
L. James SF GP 5 GS 5 MIN 32.8 PTS 27.4 OR 0.8 DR 9.4 REB 10.2 AST 10.2 STL 1.2 BLK 0.4 TO 5 PF 1.6 AST/TO 2 PER 32.7
K. Caldwell-Pope SG GP 5 GS 5 MIN 26.2 PTS 11.2 OR 0.2 DR 1.2 REB 1.4 AST 1.6 STL 1.2 BLK 0 TO 0.8 PF 1 AST/TO 2 PER 10.65.
Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers 9/4/2020 Betting Numbers
Houston are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
Los Angeles Lakers
LA Lakers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games.
Thabo Sefolosha SF Personal is out for season
Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo PG Back is “?” Friday vs Houston
Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Picks
The Los Angeles Lakers have all the advantages heading to this matchup and they are seen by Best Sportsbook to take this game with a wide margin. The Rockets don’t have much to match up against Anthony Davis and fatigue will be a huge factor as the series goes deeper. Rockets have an advantage with both former MVPs at the backcourt but Westbrook has yet to show up in this year’s playoffs.
Moneyline: The ML given to the Lakers as the team with the advantage at -290 while the Rockets are at +245.
ATS: It is seven points across the spread for this match with the Lakers taking the -7 while the Rockets are on the far end with +7.
TOTALs: Both teams are expected to dance at a total of 226.5 with the Lakers going under and the Rockets are over.
Score Prediction: 114 – 105 Lakers