The Los Angeles Lakers have secured the top spot in the Western Conference. Whatever happens the rest of the way in the regular season, they’ll be a top seed once the playoffs kick in. The Houston Rockets would love to beat the Lakers one more time for some psychological advantage in case these two teams cross paths in the playoffs.
Betting Preview for the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Regular Season Game on August 6, 2020
Where: Walt Disney World, Orlando
When: Thursday, August 6, 2020, 9:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Los Angeles Lakers (odds)
Regular Season Record: 51-16
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Anthony Davis might be salivating over the prospect of dominating a slim and short frontcourt of the Rockets. Davis has always been amazing this season and is regarded by many as the Lakers’ best player today, notwithstanding the fact that he scored just nine points in Wednesday’s 105-86 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. That’s saying a lot, considering that he is teammates with LeBron James. Whether that is true or not, what’s not debatable is that Davis will be a crucial key for the Lakers against Houston. Davis was nearly unstoppable the last time he faced Houston, as he scored 32 points to go with 13 rebounds, three steals, three assists, and three blocks in 40 minutes of floor duty, albeit during a 121-111 home loss on Feb. 6. The culprit in that game fo the Lakers, however, was their cold outside shooting, as they went just 9 for 31 from deep. They didn’t need Davis nor an exception touch from the outside, though, when they beat Houston on Jan. 18, 124-115, with James leading the way with 31 points and 12 assists.
The Lakers are 3-1 against the spread in their last four games against Houston.
Betting on the Houston Rockets (odds)
Regular Season Record: 42-25
The Rockets saw their three-game win streak snapped on Tuesday by Carmelo Anthony and the Portland Trail Blazers in a 110-102 loss. If it’s any consolation for the Rockets, they were able to keep in step with Portland down to the last minute of regulation despite not winning the scoring battle in each quarter. James Harden led the Rockets with 23 points, while Russell Westbrook finished with just 15 points after scoring 31 in the previous win over the Milwaukee Bucks. If his 41-point explosion back in the February game against the Lakers was any indication, he could be expected to blow up again this Thursday. The Rockets’ outside shooting was on point in that Lakers game, as they knocked down 10 more 3-pointers than Los Angeles, 19-9. The Rockets also held their own beneath the glass, getting out-rebounded by just one board.
The Rockets are 2-1 against the spread in their last three games.
The Lakers win, 119-114.
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