Despite the short turnaround from their Game 7, the Rockets rode the momentum into the second round against the Lakers, defeating the one-seed in Game 1. Losing Game 1 has been a pattern for LeBron James in recent playoff trips, but beating him in Game 2 will be a much tougher task for the Rockets. The NBA odds agree with this sentiment, favoring the Lakers by a handful of points.
The following will find the best NBA odds for Rockets – Lakers, give you some betting trends and break down the game itself.
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NBA Odds and Game Info | Rockets vs. Lakers | 9/6
Rockets – Lakers Game Info
Houston Rockets (44-28) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (52-10)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Kissimmee, FL
Houston did not just sneak by the Lakers to win this game. They outscored the No. 1 seed in three of the four quarters, winning the game by 15 points. As the team has gotten healthier, they have developed a deeper rotation as well, playing eight players double-digit minutes, with seven going for over 20 minutes. Leading the game in plus/minus was surprisingly Mr. Hustle, P.J. Tucker.
On paper, this does not look to be a good series for Tucker. At 6-foot-5, how is he supposed to compete with Anthony Davis or Dwight Howard down low? Tucker made it happen, leading the game with a +19 differential. While LeBron was the worst among the Lakers’ starters at -15, Kyle Kuzma proved he is still a liability at -21.
The Lakers got more offensive rebounds and did most of the little things in the game just as good as Houston. Simply, they couldn’t get the ball to fall. They shot 42.2% from the field and just 11-of-38 from long range. To beat Houston, teams have to knock down the 3. Once they do, Houston needs to respect it, which opens up the opportunity to use the size mismatch inside.
This series is interesting since it’s two teams that are built very differently. LeBron at point guard is four inches taller than Tucker at center. This could be a back-and-forth series, but we will see which playing style prevails today.
Rockets vs. Lakers NBA Odds Shopping
Using Awesemo’s OddsShopper tool, we can easily compare the NBA odds for Rockets vs. Lakers across the major sports books. The odds expressed are from 12:25 p.m. EST on Sept. 6, so make sure to check out the OddsShopper tool yourself to get the most up-to-date odds.
Rockets +5.5 (-106) — FanDuel
Lakers -5.5 (-110) — SugarHouse, BetRivers, BetMGM, PointsBet, DraftKings
Over: 222.5 (-110) — BetMGM
Under: 223.5 (-109) — SugarHouse, BetRivers, DraftKings
Rockets vs. Lakers NBA Betting Trends for NBA odds
- Houston leads the season series with the Lakers 3-1.
- The total has hit the under in four of Houston’s last five games.
- Houston is 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games.
- The Lakers are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games.
- The total has hit the under in four of the Lakers’ last six games.
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