Los Angeles Lakers Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers look to outclass Houston for the second straight game when they face the Rockets on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals near Orlando. The top-seeded Lakers rebounded from a shaky opening performance to post a 117-109 win in Sunday’s Game 2.
The fourth-seeded Rockets had no answers on how to slow forwards Anthony Davis (34 points, 10 rebounds) and LeBron James (28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists). Davis was 15-of-24 shooting and James hit 10 of 17 attempts.
Backup forwards Markieff Morris (16 points on 6-of-8 shooting) and Kyle Kuzma (13, 6 of 7) also were highly efficient. Big man JaVale McGee played just eight minutes before leaving with a sprained left ankle and he is listed as questionable for Game 3.
Houston Rockets Odds
The Houston Rockets would like to see Russell Westbrook find his shooting touch as they enter Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday near Orlando.
Westbrook had just 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting during Sunday’s 117-109 setback and is averaging 17 points on 14-of-39 (35.9 percent) shooting over the first two games. Westbrook is just 2 of 12 from 3-point range.
The slump might prompt the fourth-seeded Rockets to rely even more heavily on star James Harden, who is averaging 31.5 points while making 18 of 32 shots (56.3 percent). Houston was 22 of 53 from 3-point range in Game 2 with Eric Gordon sinking six and Harden, Robert Covington and P.J. Tucker all knocking down four.
Lakers vs. Rockets Betting Pick for Game 3
Los Angeles established in Game 2 that the Rockets’ small-ball lineup has no way of stopping Anthony Davis so look for an increased emphasis on getting the ball to the big man. The more Davis scores, the more things open up for LeBron James and that doesn’t bode well for the Rockets.
Lakers vs. Rockets Betting Pick for Game 3:
Lakers (-5/-110), Rockets (+5/-109)
Lakers 124, Rockets 108
Lakers vs. Rockets Best Bet for Game 3
The eight-point victory in Game 2 hints that the Lakers could follow up with an even more impressive victory. And if the Rockets struggle from 3-point range, the Lakers winning by double digits should occur.
Lakers vs. Rockets Best Bet for Game 3:
Lakers to win by 11 or more points (+200)