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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 2 (Orlando)
(1-3) Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (3-1)
Date: Saturday, September 12th, 2020
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – AdventHealth Arena| ESPN Complex
NBA Moneyline Odds: Rockets +2000 | Lakers -260
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets +6.5 | Lakers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 215
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The way the Houston Rockets played in Game 4 it sure looked like their minds were on vacation spots instead of trying to even up the series.
Instead, the Lakers took a 3-1 stranglehold on the series, and barring some major shift in mindset LA should cement their spot in the Western Conference Finals today.
It’s hard to know if the Rockets are just worn out recognizing this small-ball experiment took far too great of a toll on them trying to outplay rosters with much taller players or they just gave up.
What is certain is the Rockets didn’t look like a team who was fighting for their lives and that makes it hard to imagine Game 5 will bring a different mindset.
James Harden had another bad game in a pivotal match and seems destined to always carry the choke designation in big games. He shot 2 of 11 from the field and 1 of 6 from deep collecting 16 of his 21 points at the charity stripe.
One player who did show up to battle was Russell Westbrook who hit three 3-pointers and shot 50 percent from the field en route to his 25 points.
Eric Gordon scored 19 and Austin Rivers added 14 as the only other double-figure contributors.
The final score of 110-100 was not indicative of the match that the Lakers had well in hand from the onset and put away with a 31-19 second frame.
Danuel House left the bubble for violating campus protocol and that fact should reinforce the Rockets don’t expect to win this series.
Los Angeles Lakers
Three Lakers produced double-doubles in the Game 4 rout of the Rockets. Anthony Davis played center for most of the match and led the way with 29 points and 12 rebounds.
Superstar LeBron James delivered 16 points, 10 rebounds, and came one assist shy of the triple-double with nine.
Rajon Rondo continues to bolster the playmaking and gave his “playoff Rondo” handle substance by coming up just short of a triple-double with 11 points eight assists, 10 rebounds.
Alex Caruso posted a career playoff-high of 16 points while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green each chipped in with 10 points as the other double-figure contributors.
The Lakers are dealing with injuries as Davis has sore ribs, James a sore groin, and JaVale McGee a sprained ankle but all three are expected to play in this potential close-out match.
Dion Waiters continues to deal with a sore groan and isn’t expected to play.
NBA Betting Trends:
- LAL are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Under is 8-2 in LAL last 10 vs. NBA Southwest.
- LAL are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Under is 8-2 in HOU last 10 games as an underdog
Free Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
It’s a broken record — but will James Harden ever show up in a big game to propel his team to a win?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Lakers -6.5
Based on the effort witnessed in Game 4, Westbrook will go down fighting but without Harden performing at his potential or the size to stop Davis and James this series feels like a wrap.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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