Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets - 9/8/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets - 9/8/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers (57-21) at Houston Rockets (49-32)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 9:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)

The Line: Houston Rockets +5.5 -- Over/Under: 225 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Houston Rockets look for a bounce back showing to take a 2-1 series lead. The Houston Rockets are averaging 110.4 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 104.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 30.1 points and 7.6 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 19.3 points and three rebounds. Russell Westbrook is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game.

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The Los Angeles Lakers look for back-to-back victories to take a 2-1 series lead. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 114.3 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 29.7 points and 10.1 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 26.4 points and 9.6 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 1.6 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 38.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.

The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Rockets are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games as an underdog and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 19-7 in Lakers last 26 Tuesday games. The under is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 overall. The over is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings in Houston.

The Houston Rockets are probably up 2-0 in this series if Russell Westbrook didn't play, as he was a -14 and had more fouls than made field goals. The Lakers got up to a 20-point lead in the second quarter and the Rockets quickly erased it and actually had a five-point lead of their own. The Rockets have matchup advantages in this series and have more offensive firepower than the Lakers, it's just a matter of Westbrook returning to form or at the very least stop making boneheaded plays and turnovers. For me it's that simple. I want the Rockets and the points.

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