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

Friday, September 04, 2020 at 9:00 pm

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The Lakers have a clear and definite rest advantage after the Rockets had to go to war with Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, but these are the moments that guys like Russell Westbrook and James Harden live for. With that said, betting against LeBron James in any capacity takes some guts, but this could be a spot where it makes a ton of sense. We saw what the disparity in guard play did to the Lakers in game one against Portland where Damian Lillard took full advantage of L.A.’s lack of capable players in the backcourt and went off in that game and I shudder to think what that will be like against a pair of all-stars in Westbrook and Harden. James and Davis will balance things out in the front-court, but I just get this feeling that the Lakers get stunned again to open the series kind of the way Portland did to L.A. last round. Give me the points and the Houston Rockets as my premium pick for this game.

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