Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 5/12/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+9.5)
STAPLES Center is the site where and the Los Angeles Lakers (38-30) will play the Houston Rockets (16-53) on Wednesday. The odds on this game have Los Angeles as 9.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 225.
The Houston Rockets took the court against the Portland Blazers and took a loss by a score of 140-129 in their last game. Houston finished the game having earned a 49.4% field goal percentage (42 of 85) and made 18 of their 38 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Rockets knocked down 27 of 28 attempts for a percentage of 96.4%. In terms of rebounding, they compiled 44 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 30 dimes for this contest in addition to forcing 9 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In relation to defending, Houston let their opponent shoot 51.1% from the field on 47 out of 92 shooting. Portland recorded 30 dimes and had 7 steals in this matchup. In addition, Portland collected 47 rebounds (12 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Portland finished 80.0% from the charity stripe by burying 28 of 35 shots. They made 18 out of their 40 shots from three-point range.
Kelly Olynyk is someone who was a factor in the game. He ended up walking away with 21 points on 5 out of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 28:47 mins and grabbed 8 boards. Olynyk finished shooting 41.7% from the field and also earned 6 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in the game for the Rockets was D.J. Augustin. He pulled down 2 rebounds in 25:27 minutes on the basketball court. He finished the game shooting 60.0% from the field in this game by connecting on 6-of-10 (21 points). When the final whistle was blown, Augustin totaled 2 assists.
Houston enters this matchup with a record of 16-53 on the season. They currently have an average of 108.6 points per game (24th in the NBA) while going 44.3% from the field. The Rockets are hitting 33.9% on shots from distance (942 of 2,781) and 74.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Houston is pulling in 42.6 boards per game and has accounted for 1,611 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 23rd in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 14.7 times per contest and as a unit they commit 19.5 fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the Rockets are forcing their opponents into 14.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.4 fouls. They are giving up 38.3% from 3-point land and they are 27th in the league in points per game allowed (116.5). The Rockets defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 47.7% (1,017 of 1,337) and they concede 47.7 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 23rd in basketball in giving up assists with 1,766 surrendered for the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Los Angeles Lakers got the victory with a final of 123-110 against the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers were able to collect 27 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards totaling 41 for this contest. They also turned it over 13 times, while recording 11 steals in the matchup. The Suns committed 29 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Lakers to the charity stripe for a total of 41 tries. They were able to knock down 32 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 78.0%. With regard to shooting from distance, Los Angeles buried 13 out of their 30 attempts (43.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Lakers finished shooting 39 for 80 from the field which had them at 48.8%. The Lakers allowed the Suns to bury 39 of their 73 attempts from the field which had them at 53.4% for the contest. They finished shooting 44.0% from three-point range by connecting on 11 out of 25 and ended up shooting 21 of 25 from the free throw line (84.0%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Los Angeles permitted Phoenix to collect 32 in total (3 offensive).
Anthony Davis ended up being a major contributor for the Lakers in this contest. He converted 13 of 27 in this matchup giving him a rate of 48.1%, and had 12 rebounds. Davis scored 42 points in his 40:46 minutes on the court and had 5 assists for the contest. One more player that was important for Los Angeles was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He ended up walking away with 2 dimes in his 35:07 mins on the court, and he converted 4 of 9 from the floor. Caldwell-Pope ended the game having shot 44.4% from the field while also earning 17 points and 2 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 38-30 for the campaign. When it comes to offensive execution, the Lakers are hitting on 47.1% from the floor, which ranks 12th in the NBA. Los Angeles has 7,430 pts on the year (109.3 per game) and they pull in 44.2 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 24.4 times per contest (16th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 15.3 times per contest. The Lakers commit 19.3 personal fouls per contest and they go 74.0% from the charity stripe. The Lakers on the defensive side of the court are 2nd in the league in PPG given up with 106.6. The Los Angeles defense allows 35.2% on 3-point attempts (772 of 2,192) and their opponents are making 77.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 24.6 assists and 42.1 boards per game, which has them ranked 15th and 5th in basketball. They have forced 15.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.9% from the floor (9th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-9.5)
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