Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers - 9/6/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers - 9/6/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets (49-31) at Los Angeles Lakers (56-21)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 8:30 pm (AdventHealth Arena)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 224 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Houston Rockets look for another upset victory to take a surprising 2-0 series lead. The Houston Rockets are averaging 110.6 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 103.1 points on 42.9 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 30.5 points and 7.6 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 18.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. Russell Westbrook is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.

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The Los Angeles Lakers need a bounce back performance here to even up the series at 1-1. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 113.8 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 29 points and 10.4 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 26.2 points and 9.7 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 1.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.2 rebounds per game. 

The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog. The Lakers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games as a favorite and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Rockets last 4 overall. The Rockets are 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Los Angeles and 17-8 ATS in the last 25 meetings.

The Houston Rockets comfortably won game one where PJ Tucker, Ben McLemore and Danuel House provided very little offensively. The Rockets are capable of playing even better than what they did, and that's scary for the Lakers. The Houston Rockets have a favorable matchup in this series with their small ball lineup, as it makes the Lakers bigs almost unplayable, and it forces their questionable guards to play against top level shooters and a dominant backcourt. While a Lakers victory here would surprise nobody, the Rockets have to like their chances in this series and that makes getting free points with them valuable. 

Give me the Rockets and the points again.

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