Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets Game 4 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Los Angeles Lakers have continued their trend of dominating after a Game 1 loss.
- Despite a strong start in Game 3, the Rockets capitulated in the second half.
- LeBron James led all scorers in Game 5 with 36 points.
Lakers vs Rockets Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Los Angeles Lakers||-5 -112||O 220.5 -113||-210|
|Houston Rockets||+5 -109||U 220.5 -108||+170|
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Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets Predictions and Picks
The Houston Rockets put up a valiant effort against the Lakers, but couldn’t maintain their effort in the second half. We see Houston’s lack of versatility being their downfall, leading to another laker win.
How to Watch Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets
|Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets Information|
|What||Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Thursday, September 10th, 2020; 7:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||TNT|
Head-to-Head: Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets
|Los Angeles Lakers||Head-to-Head||Houston Rockets|
|Frank Vogel||Head Coach||Mike D’Antoni|
|52-19 (1st in West, 3rd Overall)||Standing||44-28 (4th in West, 8th Overall)|
|112.0 (11th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.0 (11th of 30)|
|106.3 (3rd of 30)||Def Rtg||106.3 (3rd of 30)|
|100.9 (11th of 30)||Pace||100.9 (11th of 30)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|A. Davis (29.3)||PPG||J. Harden (30.4)|
|A. Davis (10.8)||RPG||R. Westbrook (8.2)|
|L. James (9.0)||APG||J. Harden (7.7)|
|R. Rondo (2.7)||SPG||R. Covington (2.6)|
|A. Davis (1.5)||BPG||R. Covington (1.3)|
|J. McGee (.708)/A. Davis (10.6)||FG%/FGM||J. Green (.517)/J. Harden (10.5)|
|A. Davis (.429)/L. James (2.5)||3P%/3PM||R. Covington (.508)/J. Harden (3.6)|
The Lakers Role Players Must Show Up
The Los Angeles Lakers’ three most playoff-experience players have been brilliant against the Rockets. Anthony Davis, LeBron James, and Rajon Rondo combined for 63 points, 24 rebounds, and 20 assists in their Game 3 victory. Their supporting cast, on the other hand, was mostly missing.
The Lakers players that played more than 20 minutes, outside of Davis, Rondo, and James, combined for a meager 29 points – mostly propped up by Kyle Kuzma’s 14 points. If they want to hold off the impending Houston onslaught, the bench will need to provide more.
Between Kuzma, Morris, Smith, and Green, the Lakers had zero three-point field goals on nine attempts. Frankly, their production is not enough and Los Angeles can’t rely on James and Davis’ interior attack to pull them through again.
Houston Can’t Fade as the Game Wears On
In the first half of Game 3, the Houston Rockets looked strong. Relying on their up-tempo play and switchability on defense, the Rockets looked to be in the game from the tip.
Unfortunately for Houston, they faltered as the game wore on. After winning the first half 64 to 61, they were outscored by the Lakers in the second half 51 to 38. The unavailability of Danuel House was a large factor in their defensive slippage.
While the Rockets continue to score at an impressive rate, they must find a way to maintain that effort in the second half. All eyes point to the bench that contributed only 16 points via Jeff Green. Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore both failed to score in the evening.
Lakers Key Player: (F) LeBron James
— NBA (@NBA) September 9, 2020
LeBron James is one of the greatest to ever grace a basketball court. In-Game 3 he not only showed his mastery on the offensive end but also led his team to victory and cemented himself as the player with the most wins in NBA Playoffs history.
James’ leadership is never in doubt. He finished Game 3 with 36 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four blocks – he could’ve had even more assists if his role players would’ve knocked down open shots.
LeBron’s ability to influence a game can occur from the outset. He scored 47.5% of Los Angeles’ points in the first half, a mark not seen by a Laker in the last 25 years. If he can be engaged from the tip in Game 4, it doesn’t look like anyone can stop the Lakers.
Rockets Key Player: (G) Austin Rivers
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) September 5, 2020
With Danuel House unlikely to hit the court in Game 4, the Houston Rockets will be looking down the bench for production. Of any player off the bench, the enigmatic Austin Rivers has a chance to make a huge impact.
Rivers has been dreadful in the playoffs, seeing his minutes drop with every passing game. He is averaging 3.4 points on 26.1% from the field and 22.2% from three. Although he is in a poor run of form, his play style, and history more than lends itself to being an effective catalyst off the bench.
Outside of Westbrook and Harden, Rivers is likely the Rockets’ best playmaker. With his shot off, Rivers has been unable to threaten oppositions and create opportunities for himself and others. If the Rockets can get him going early, his scoring can be a game-changer.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.