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Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers Game 1 NBA Picks – September 4, 2020

NBA Picks and Predictions on this Western Conference Semifinals, Game 1 on Friday, September 4, 2020 between the Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers


Sports Betting Preview on this Western Conference Semifinals NBA Playoffs Game 1 between the Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers. This matchup will tip off this Friday, September 4th, at 9pm et.

The NBA odds have the Lakers as -6 point favorites with the over/under at 226.5 total points.

The betting public has 57% of their money behind the Rockets.

These two teams last met 4 weeks ago where Houston dropped 21 3-pointers and took the 113-97 victory against the Lebron less Lakers.

The Houston Rockets come into this game fresh off a exciting game 7 win 104-102 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, where Harden made up for his horrible shooting night with that huge game saving blocked shot. Houston will put their small-ball tactics to the test against the Lakers. Lakers Coach, Frank Vogel will adjust by reducing minutes for the bigs, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard and also getting Rajon Rondo more involved.

The Rockets relied on the 3-ball all playoffs long and will continue to do so since it’s been working. They are currently at the top of the league, averaging 18 3-pointers made per game. The X factor for the Rockets in this game will be James Harden, where he’ll likely have a big bounce back offensive game and drop 35+ points.

Houston is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 games and the total has gone under in 10 of the Rockets last 14 games.

On the other side of the court, the Lakers come into this game will be rested, after playing just one game in the last 11 days. LA was lights out on offense the last two games to close out the round 1 series against the Portland Trail Blazers. They scored an average of 133 points, but gave up an average of 118.5 points on defense. This matchup against Houston will be totally different for them since the Rockets won’t have the size and you’ll see Anthony Davis dominate the glass. Look for Davis to put up over 25 points and 13 rebounds in this game.

LA is 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 games and the total has gone over in 11 of the Lakers’ last 16 games against the Rockets.

Our numbers show the best opportunity to make money in this Houston Rockets vs LA Lakers game is to roll with the Rockets First Quarter +2.5 at the -115 price.


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