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NBA : ATS Matchup
Thursday 8/6/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




LA LAKERS (51 - 16) vs. HOUSTON (42 - 25)
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Thursday, 8/6/2020 9:00 PM
The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, FL
Board OpenLatest
785LA LAKERS-1225.5
LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games51-16-6.936-3030-37113.458.648.0%54.3106.854.344.4%51.8
Road Games28-8+1319-1717-19112.557.947.7%53.6108.256.645.0%52.6
Last 5 Games2-3-9.61-41-499.851.841.1%53.2105.051.442.7%55.8
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.458.642-8848.0%11-3234.8%18-2473.1%541025219157
vs opponents surrendering111.856.141-8945.8%12-3435.7%18-2377.2%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)112.557.942-8847.7%11-3234.6%18-2571.3%541024218146
Stats Against (All Games)106.854.339-8744.4%11-3334.2%18-2378.0%52923228154
vs opponents averaging112.256.241-8946.1%12-3435.9%18-2377.7%541024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)108.256.639-8745.0%12-3335.3%18-2377.5%53923228154

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games42-25-2533-3429-38118.460.145.3%53.2114.958.546.1%57.2
Road Games20-15-13.718-1713-22117.960.445.2%50.5117.361.147.7%56.8
Last 5 Games3-2-1.12-32-3119.658.245.2%48.8122.465.446.8%64.0
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)118.460.141-9145.3%16-4534.9%21-2678.6%531022229145
vs opponents surrendering111.956.241-8945.9%12-3435.8%18-2377.3%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)117.960.441-9045.2%16-4636.0%20-2679.6%511021229145
Stats Against (All Games)114.958.542-9246.1%12-3534.9%18-2475.9%571125218155
vs opponents averaging111.956.241-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.3%541024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)117.361.144-9147.7%12-3535.3%18-2377.2%571126218165
Average power rating of opponents played: LA LAKERS 96,  HOUSTON 96
LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
7/30/2020*LA CLIPPERS103-101W-4.5L218U32-8239.0%531632-7443.2%5520
8/5/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY86-105L-5L218.5U31-8835.2%561134-7943.0%6013

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/6/2020*LA LAKERS              
8/11/2020*SAN ANTONIO              
LA LAKERS: LAST SEASON: 37-45, finished 10th in Western Conference.
COACH: Frank Vogel (first season with Lakers; ninth season overall, 304-291).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Rajon Rondo (9.2 ppg), G Danny Green (10.3 with Toronto), F LeBron James (27.4), F Anthony Davis (25.9 with New Orleans), C JaVale McGee (12.0).
KEY LOSSES: F Brandon Ingram, G Lonzo Ball, G Josh Hart, G Lance Stephenson.
KEY ADDITIONS: Davis, Green, C Dwight Howard, G Avery Bradley, F Jared Dudley, G Quinn Cook.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The evolving chemistry between James and Davis will be at the forefront, but the Lakers' success in creating an immediate title contender could hinge on the supporting cast. Green must keep the outside shooting proficiency he demonstrated last season for Toronto, while Kyle Kuzma must find a role on a reconfigured roster. The Lakers' biggest early-season subplot of all might be around Howard, whose return to LA after six seasons away could be greeted by boos or cheers.
OUTLOOK: An aspiring super team takes shape around James and Davis, who joined forces to do a whole lot more than end the Lakers' franchise-record playoff drought at six years. LA expects to be a title contender with two of the NBA's best players anchoring a lineup featuring perimeter shooting from Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, fast-break proficiency from Alex Caruso and Kuzma, and sturdy defense from Bradley, Rondo and McGee. Vogel's ability to fold this talent into a cohesive unit over the next few months will determine whether the Lakers can do something special in the spring.

Because of this important information, no power rating or computer score edges are posted for this game.

HOUSTON: LAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-2 to Golden State in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike D'Antoni (fourth season with Rockets, 173-73; 16th season overall, 628-499).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Russell Westbrook (22.9 ppg with Oklahoma City), G James Harden (36.1), F Eric Gordon (16.2), F P.J. Tucker (7.3), C Clint Capela (12.0).
KEY LOSSES: G Chris Paul, G Iman Shumpert, C Kenneth Faried
KEY ADDITIONS: Westbrook, C Tyson Chandler, F Thabo Sefolosha, F Ryan Anderson, F Ben McLemore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Westbrook and Harden as the Rockets try to prove that these two ball-dominant guards can coexist after Houston sent Paul to Oklahoma City in exchange for Westbrook. Harden and Westbrook are longtime friends and played together in Oklahoma City at the beginning of Harden's career when he was the sixth man for the Thunder and insist that things will work out because they want them to. But things have changed a lot since their Oklahoma City days and it will be interesting to see how Westbrook will adjust to playing a supporting role to Harden after being the face of the Thunder for years.
OUTLOOK: The addition of Westbrook to this team starring Harden gives the Rockets two of the league's most dynamic scorers and playmakers a year after Houston lost to Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. If the pairing of is successful it could help the Rockets become an offensive juggernaut in the stacked Western Conference. While Harden and Westbrook will drive Houston's success, players like Eric Gordon and center Clint Capela will have to continue to improve if the Rockets hope to finally get over the hump and compete for their first title since winning back-to-back championships in 1994-95.
Rockets seek defensive energy against Lakers

Three games into their eight-game run of seeding games in the Orlando-area bubble, the Houston Rockets have defended in fits and spurts, alternatingly looking lackluster and vigorous when the mood hits.

The vim with which the Rockets (42-25) defended the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday was not enough to yield victory, with Houston taking its first loss since the season resumed.

But those stretches against Portland showcased how feisty the Rockets can be. If Houston plays with that same determination against the Los Angeles Lakers (51-16) on Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the chances for success improve greatly.

"We're doing better," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Sometimes we lack the aggressiveness and the energy on defense that we need to have. It's a little bit of a choice. We've got to choose to be more aggressive and get out.

"We can improve that. We can improve some of our communication. We're doing a good job of not making the same mistake over and over, but we've got to do a better job of being more aggressive on what we're doing."

The Rockets' focus on their defense has steered attention from their erratic perimeter shooting in the bubble. While Houston has posted a 3-point percentage during the restart (36.4 percent) slightly above their season average (34.9 percent), the number of missed open looks has been concerning.

With opposing defenses aggressively double-teaming James Harden, the Rockets will need better marksmanship from forwards P.J. Tucker (33.3 percent on treys in the bubble) and Robert Covington (20.7 percent over the last three games).

Still, despite those issues, the Rockets have looked the part of a viable contender, particularly in marquee matchups such as the upcoming tilt.

"It's a value playing every single game right now," Tucker said. "Eight games to get as much time to get back acquainted and figure everything out, the different ways people are playing us, to get back used to doing everything that we were used to.

"So every single game no matter who we play, I feel like they're giving us different looks and it's more learning experience for us to get ready for the playoffs."

With the top seed for the playoffs in the Western Conference clinched, the Lakers entered the final five games of the eight-game seeding restart with little to play for tangibly.

Their performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday bordered on uninspired, with the Thunder holding the Lakers to 35.2 percent shooting and leading wire-to-wire in a 105-86 win.

The Lakers played their regulars against the Thunder aside from Dwight Howard (right knee soreness). The team has have made no clear plans for how it will address minutes for the frontline performers over the final four games in the bubble.

"Yeah, we haven't made any final decisions on that," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. "The plan right now is to play those guys. We still have a lot of areas to continue to improve before we feel like we're ready to win games in the playoffs and to be at the level we want to reach.

"So for us, we're still in habit-building mode and just continuing to iron some things out that we're not quite where we were, in my opinion, when the hiatus hit. And so our mindset is to continue to play our guys and to get there."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/18/2020 1:34:56 PM EST

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