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(0-0) Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (0-0)
Date: Wednesday October 26th
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Rockets -110
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -5
NBA Betting Total: Off
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Alright, boys and girls! Baseball season is almost over; football season is in full swing; the leaves are beginning to fall; and it’s time for some basketball!
The Houston Rockets will open the 2016 season in LaLa Land against the Los Angeles Lakers in Staples Center. Both teams had disappointing 2015 seasons, to say the least and hope to start off this year on with a W.
This will mark the return of Mike D’Antoni to L.A. and will be his first regular season game as head coach of the Houston Rockets.
The Lakers are even more drastically different, and this will mark their first game in the post-Kobe era.
Everyone will be talking about the multiple storylines in this one, but let’s not forget that there is also a basketball game to be played.
Many people had believed the Houston Rockets were poised to take the next step after making the Western Conference Finals two years ago.
However, they fell apart in 2015, leading to the firing of coach Kevin McHale and multiple roster changes.
Although they had a bad year, the Rockets were still one of the NBA’s best offensive teams. They scored 106.5 points per game which was 4th best in the Association.
There problems were all on the defensive side of the ball, where they were 26th in points allowed with 106.4 per game.
So in order to help fix their defensive woes, the Rockets organization brought in defensive wizard, Mike D’Antoni.
It’s tough to convey sarcasm via text, but you get the point. Although D’Antoni will not help them all that side of the ball, the Rockets organization made it clear that they plan to go all-in on the strategy of all-offense.
This will certainly fit well with the way James Harden wants to play, and they may turn out to be a great pairing.
Los Angeles Lakers
It’s hard to know exactly what the Lakers will look like in the 2016 season, but it probably won’t be great. For the last 20 years, the organization has been mostly defined by one of the greatest players of all time.
Now that the Kobe era has passed, the team may struggle to find an identity.
However, they have been preparing for this moment for some time now. First year head coach Luke Walton is probably the perfect person to help redefine the Lakers.
He won a championship as a player with the organization and another as an assistant coach with the Warriors under Steve Kerr.
The modern Lakers are all about youth. D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and number two overall pick Brandon Ingram will make up an athletic and talented young core.
Veteran presences like Meta World Peace and Timofey Mozgov should help to counterbalance their inexperience and guide the team through the year.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Rockets are 1-4 ATS in last 5
- Rockets are 6-0 ATS in last 6 against Lakers
- Lakers are 1-4 ATS in last 5
- Lakers are 4-0 ATS in last 4 home games
Free Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
As always the case in openers, there are a lot of variables in this one. If the Lakers’ young players can live up to their potential, they should be much better than last year.
If the Rockets take to D’Antoni’s system, they could outscore anyone in the NBA.
The Lakers have a promising future, but it will probably be another year or two before things really begin to come together.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets -5
We know that the Rockets have what it takes to win now, and they will probably come out on top.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston Rockets 119 – Los Angeles Lakers 105
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