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

Sunday, September 06, 2020 at 8:30 pm

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Take the Lakers.  The Rockets have taken the last 3 from the Lakers and it would not surprise me in the least if they end up winning this series.  However, for Game 2 we side with the Lakers.  The Lakers have been down 0-1 before and this is a veteran team so there will be no panic.  I think they showed some rust after a long layoff in Game 1.  In reality, the only player to have a decent Game 1 was Anthony Davis.  LA will need to shoot the ball better as the Rockets are packing the paint.  The Rockets even held their own in rebounding the first game.  I expect the Lakers to try and run a bit more in this one and look for quicker post up opportunities with Davis and James before the Houston defense gets set.  It wouldn't surprise me at all for the Lakers bigs to begin to make this a chippy series.  As a matter of fact, I think they have to.  Lakers take Game 2 in this one.  Lay the points.

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