NBA Betting Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Favorite: Los Angeles Lakers (52-19)
Underdog: Houston Rockets (44-28)
Arena:ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
When does the game start?Saturday at 8:00 PM ET
Anthony Davis will lead Los Angeles against James Harden and Houston on Saturday.
Line: Los Angeles -6
Over/Under: 215.5Movement Analysis: The over/under is holding at its opening mark, showing no major change. Los Angeles has a record of 32-35 against the spread when listed as the favorite, while Houston is 10-8 against the spread as underdogs this year.
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Davis leads the attack, responsible for 23.4% of the Lakers total offense, while taking an average of 17.7 shot attempts. Davis is a force down low, he averages 2.3 offensive boards a contest and records 20.3% of his team's rebounds. The Lakers offense is conducted by James, who accounts for 40.1% of all assists, while turning the ball over 3.9 times a game.
Los Angeles is a solid 40-3 when they score over their average of 113.4 points per game, Houston surrenders 113.7 per contest. The Lakers are 18-18 when they shoot below their 48% season average from the field. The Rockets allow opponents to shoot 46%. While ball security is typically vital, it's hardly a death knell to Los Angeles, who has a record of 29-13 when they turn the ball over more than their 14.6 season average. Houston forces 15.5 turnovers a contest.
Harden is a major contributor, accounting for 29.4% of the Rockets total offense, while taking an average of 22.3 field goal attempts. Westbrook is a player to watch, he averages 1.8 offensive rebounds a game and collects 18.1% of his team's rebounds. The Rockets offense is run by Harden, who accounts for 34.7% of all assists, while turning the ball over 4.5 times a contest.
Houston is just 16-29 when they fail to reach their scoring average. Los Angeles allows 107.5per contest. The Rockets can win with a less than stellar performance on the glass, sporting a record of 25-22 when they fail to reach their 43.7 rebounding average, Los Angeles allows 41.8 boards per game.
Los Angeles : 115
Houston : 111
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