The NBA has another great day of action on Tuesday night. Six games will be up on the board throughout January 12. One of these games will be between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets. These two teams have had opposite starts through the early portion of this season. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Los Angeles has earned a record of 8-3 throughout this season, which has them sitting in the top spot of the Western Conference. The Lakers have won back to back games coming into this one and six of their last seven games. Los Angeles has come out strong into this season after winning the Finals last season. The Lakers will look to keep this going with a win on Tuesday night.
The Rockets have put up a record of 3-5 to this point in the season, which has them in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. Houston lost their last game and have lost three of their last four. The Rockets have not been able to gain much momentum this season, but will look to break through as they meet with the Lakers for the second straight game.
These two teams are in opposite places of the standings to this point in the season. Los Angeles has been the better team this season, but the Rockets will look to get back in the win column. I expect both teams to come out fast in this one as they look to control the pace. If Houston can start out quicker in this one, I believe they can knock off the Lakers.
The Lakers and the Rockets met up three times throughout the regular season last season. Los Angeles won the first game of the season series 124-115. Houston was able to win back to back games after that though. The Rockets were able to take control to win the regular season series 2-1. Houston will look to repeat that success as this season series continues on.
These two teams met up in the playoffs in the second round as well. The Rockets pulled off a nice upset in Game 1 of the series. Los Angeles picked up their play after that though, winning four in a row. The Lakers went on to win the NBA Finals after this series. Houston had that tough elimination, which led to a very active offseason.
The first meeting of this season’s series was on January 10 in Houston. Christian Wood finished with 23 points, while James Harden scored 20 points and 9 assists. It was not enough for the Rockets though. Anthony Davis put up 27 points, while LeBron James dropped 18 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds. The Lakers were able to hold on for a big 120-102 win on the road.
These two teams have met up nine times over the last two seasons, including the playoffs. Los Angeles has won six of those nine games. The Lakers have been able to post a strong record throughout this season and will look to keep it going with a win in this one. I expect the Rockets to come out hot in this one as they look for revenge from last season’s postseason series.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have put up strong starts to this season to help lead the Lakers. James is averaging 24 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. Davis has averaged 23 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Dennis Schroder is averaging 14.5 points per game. Montrezl Harrell has averaged 13 points per game off the bench, while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 11 points per game.
James Harden, Christian Wood and John Wall have had a strong start to this season to lead Houston. Harden is averaging 26 points and 11 assists per game. Wood has averaged 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Wall is averaging 20 points per game. Eric Gordon has averaged 14.5 points, while Ben McLemore is averaging 10.5 points per game.
These two teams have been strong to open up the new season. James and Davis have continued to dominate for Los Angeles. Harden, Wood and Wall have made up a bit of a big three to open up this season, which has helped Houston. The Rockets will look to switch some things up though as they look to turn things around before the season is too late.
Field Goal Shooting
Los Angeles has been lethal shooting the ball throughout this season. The Lakers have made around 49.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 3rd in the league. Los Angeles has also made 38.5 percent of their shots from deep, which is 6th in the NBA. The Lakers have shot 55.2 percent inside the arc, which is 7th in the league.
Houston has not shot well from deep this season, but have been solid in close. The Rockets have made around 47.4 percent of their shots from the field, which is 10th in the NBA. Houston has shot 34.3 percent from behind the arc, which is 24th in the league. The Rockets have made 58.4 percent of their shots in close, which is best in the NBA.
These two teams have been shooting well early in the season, but the Lakers have the edge. Houston has not been great shooting from behind the arc, which they will look to improve. If the Rockets can force Los Angeles to play inside the arc though, it could give Houston the edge. The Lakers will look to shoot well from deep early though, to force the Rockets to keep up.
Houston is coming into this one after losing to the Lakers just the other night. I believe that the Rockets will come out quicker in this one as they look for a win. The Rockets were eliminated by Los Angeles in the postseason last season and I think that will help motivate them in this one. If Houston can set the pace early in this one, they should be able to earn the win.
BetOnline has Los Angeles listed as a -210 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Lakers will win this game around 67.7 percent of the time. I believe that this line should be smaller. This game is in Houston and coming off a Rockets loss. I think Houston will look to come out much better in this one as they try to earn a big win.