Houston Rockets Odds
The Houston Rockets will again be without a pivotal player when they attempt to stay alive in their Western Conference semifinal series against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. Forward Danuel House Jr. was dismissed from the NBA bubble near Orlando on Friday for violating health and safety protocols by having a guest in his hotel room for multiple hours on Tuesday. House didn’t play in Games 3 or 4 and is now done for the rest of the season.
His departure comes with the Rockets facing a 3-1 deficit and barely clinging to life after being outplayed handily in Thursday’s 110-100 loss. Star guard James Harden was just 2 of 11 from the field in Game 4 but used a 16-of-20 performance from the free-throw line to score 21 points.
Los Angeles Lakers Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers attempt to put away the series and reach the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2010 when they face reeling Houston on Saturday. The Lakers have won the past three games of the conference semifinal series and Game 4 was nowhere near as close as the 110-100 final margin.
The Lakers had huge edges in rebounding (52-26), points in the paint (62-24), second-chance points (17-3) and fast-break points (19-2) while leading by as many as 23 points in the wire-to-wire victory. Big man Anthony Davis had 29 points, 12 rebounds and five assists while continuing to take advantage of the Rockets’ small-ball lineup. Davis is averaging 28.5 points and 12.8 boards in the series. LeBron James is averaging 25.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 7.5 assists in the series.
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers Betting Pick for September 12, 2020
The Rockets won the opener by 15 points and looked like they could make it a series. Instead, the Lakers have reeled off three straight victories and appear ready to finish off Houston without much further challenge.
Rockets at Lakers Betting Pick: Lakers (-6.5/-270), Rockets (+6.5/+220)
Lakers 120, Rockets 112
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers Best Bet for September 12, 2020
Houston will be firing up 3-pointers from all the floor, desperate to score a win and survive. Expect the Rockets to push the pace early and late in an attempt to outscore the Lakers, and that will provide the opportunity for more easy points for Los Angeles.
Rockets at Lakers Best Bet: OVER 215.5 (-110)