Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 9/8/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets
Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Location: AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -5.5
Kyle Kuzma and the Los Angeles Lakers are headed to AdventHealth Arena on Tuesday where they'll take on the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of their series. The line on this matchup has Los Angeles as 5.5-point favorites. The total is set at 224.
The Lakers were able to even the series at 1 apiece with a 117-109 win in Game 2. LeBron James just missed a triple double, tallying 28 points, 11 boards, and 9 assists for L.A. James Harden finished with 27 pts and 7 assists in the losing effort. Russell Westbrook had a really tough game for Houston, shooting 4-15 including 1-7 from 3-point range and he also had 7 turnovers. He'll need to play better for the undersized Rockets to stand a chance in the series.
The Lakers cover the spread 51.9% of the time, having gone 40-37-1 ATS. Houston is covering 45.7% of the time, going 37-44-0 against the spread.
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Houston Rockets Injuries
No key injuries to report
Anthony Davis averages 26.1 points per contest in 34.4 minutes per game this year. He averages 3.2 assists per game and 9.3 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 50% for the season while his free throw percentage is 85%. Kyle Kuzma comes into this game averaging 12.8 points per contest while playing 25.0 minutes per night. He grabs 4.5 rebounds per contest and distributes 1.3 assists per game. His FG percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is 74%.
Robert Covington averages 12.4 points per game and he sees the court an average of 30.5 minutes per game. He also hauls in 6.6 rebounds per game and dishes 1.3 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 80%. Russell Westbrook scores 27.2 points per contest while playing 35.9 minutes per game. He hauls in 7.9 rebounds per contest and has 7.0 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is at 76%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Lakers allow 107.6 points per contest which is 4th in the NBA. They also surrender a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 8th and 8th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 42.3 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd, and they allow 23.4 assists per game which puts them in 7th place in the league. They force 15.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 26th in the NBA. Los Angeles averages 113.4 points per contest, which is 11th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 5.8 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a unit, which has them ranked 1st. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 22nd in the NBA. They average 45.7 boards per contest and 25.4 assists per game, which ranks them 9th and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 9th with 15.2 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Rockets give up 114.8 points per game, which ranks them 23rd in the league. Their defense surrenders a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 14th and 7th in those defensive statistics. They rank 23rd with 25.3 dimes allowed per game and 30th with 47.9 boards surrendered per contest. The Rockets are 28th in the league in forcing turnovers with 16.2 per contest. Houston is 2nd in the NBA with 117.8 points per contest this season. They are 22nd in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 3.0. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 24th in the league. They are 18th in the NBA in rebounding with 44.3 boards per contest and 29th in assists per game with 21.6. The Rockets are 16th in turnovers per contest with 14.7.
The Lakers are 11th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112, and their defensive rating of 106.3 is ranked 3rd. In terms of pace they are 12th in the league with 100.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 5th. As a team they are 10th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 23rd in the league. Los Angeles is 9th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 24th in the league.
Houston is 20th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 17th in the NBA. The Rockets are 6th in the league in defensive rating with 110.1, and their offensive rating of 112.9 is ranked 14th. They are 2nd in the NBA in pace with 103.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 7th. As a unit they are 5th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 50% of their shot attempts, ranking 1st in the NBA.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Houston +5.5 and over 224 total points
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