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(64-16) Houston Rockets vs. L.A. Lakers (34-46)
Date: Tuesday April 10
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California
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In their last game the Rockets lost to the OKC Thunder on their home court ending a 20 game win streak at the Toyota Center. Likewise the Lakers lost their last game in a match they played Sunday to the Jazz.
Last season, the swept the Rockets won two of three, and also lead this season’s series two games out of three. The Lakers hold the all-time record having bested the Rockets in 136 of their 215 matches.
The Rockets will complete the season in a road back to back series first against the Lakers and then against the Kings. Much like other top teams their goal is simple — maintain system efficiencies, don’t exert core producers and above all stay healthy.
Since the Rockets have no benchmarks in season to aim for these final two games will focus on the latter situation. Since the final two games are against lottery teams there is no reason to have James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela specifically run extended minutes.
Tarik Black (lower black) and Erik Gordon (foot) both missed the last game and are questionable for Tuesday. Ryan Anderson (ankle) missed the last two games and is doubtful for the game in LA.
Although the Lakers surprised the Spurs with an upset overtime victory they’ve mostly given in to the tank race. The squad appears well poised to make another leap forward next year regardless of which coveted free agent joins the youthful roster.
Although the Lakers seemed to lose some of their allure with the addition of Ingram, Kuzma and Ball there is a solid core to build around with plenty of money to draw two big free agents. Moreover, Magic Johnson isn’t likely to pursue anything less than grade A talent. Rather, he’ll have the patience to wait another year if need be.
Both Kyle Kuzma (ankle) who missed the last game and Luol Deng (sprained ankle) who missed the past four are questionable. Brandon Ingram missed the last five games in the concussion protocol program and is expected to miss this match as well.
Out indefinitely are Lonzo Ball (knee contusion) and Isaiah Thomas (arthroscopic hip surgery).
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 head to head contests.
- Rockets are 8-2 in last 10 head to head meetings.
- Over Under is 8-2 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Houston Rockets vs. L.A. Lakers NBA Prediction:
The last time these teams met they scored a cumulative 290 points in a double overtime effort. While the Rockets would prefer to win over extending their roster isn’t a wise decision with days remaining until the NBA officially enters the postseason.
Factoring in the players who’ll likely be out for LA, the Rockets task should be to get a big lead and let the reserves bring it home.
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NBA Free Score Prediction: Rockets 112 – Lakers 98
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