Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers - 9/4/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers - 9/4/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets (48-31) at Los Angeles Lakers (56-20)

NBA Basketball: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 9:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)

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The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in game one of NBA playoff action at the AdventHealth Arena.    

The Houston Rockets are coming off a seven game series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Houston Rockets are averaging 110.4 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 43 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 29.7 points and eight assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 18.1 points and 3.3 rebounds. Russell Westbrook is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a five game series win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 117.2 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 29.8 points and 9.4 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 27.4 points and 10.2 assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Kuzma is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.4 rebounds per game. 

The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The under is 10-4 in Rockets last 14 overall. The over is 5-2 in Lakers last 7 Friday games. The Rockets are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Los Angeles.

The Houston Rockets have won the last two meetings against the Lakers and seven of the last nine meetings overall, and that includes a 16-point win a month ago in the bubble. I expect Harden and Westbrook to play better than they did in the OKC series, and they have a rhythm advantage given that they're jumping right back into another series. We have to worry about too much rest for the Lakers, and I question about the LA guards being able to check the Rockets elite guard play. Many are concerned about the Lakers size, but a lot of those bigs won't be able to stay on the floor due to all the shooting the Rockets have on the court. This series can be competitive if the Rockets play to their potential for once.

Either way, I'll start this series off with the points.

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