NBA Betting – Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets August 6

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The Los Angeles Lakers secured the top seed in the Western Conference by knocking off Utah on Monday. They looked like a team that did a little too much celebrating – however much you can do inside the bubble – getting lambasted by Oklahoma City Wednesday night. When you think about it the Lakers don’t have much to play for so the outcome wasn’t totally unexpected. There is plenty on the line for the Houston Rockets, who are engaged in a battle for seeding in the West. With five games remaining there’s a chance the Rockets can move up to the No. 2 seed, thus avoiding LeBron & Co. until the conference finals. Either way there’s a lot more at stake for the Rockets when the teams meet on Thursday.  Bookmaker is offering a generous welcome bonus (max bonus $1000)

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets 

Date and Time: Thursday, August 6, 2020, 9 p.m. ET 

Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee, FL 

Opening NBA Odds: Lakers -1.5 (10:30 am ET)

Lakers vs. Rockets TV Coverage: TNT

Odds Analysis

The season series before the shutdown was fairly even. Back in January the Lakers won by nine, 124-115, as a 3.5-point road dog. Three weeks later it was the Rockets turn posting a 121-111 win in Staples as a 6-point dog. Those outcomes really don’t mean much in the bubble where things have been strange to say the least. And we don’t know how committed the Lakers are since they’re guaranteed the No. 1 seed. Odds for this matchup have yet to surface and I expect oddsmakers will take their time since lineups can and probably will be fluid. The Lakers are playing for a second straight night and Russell Westbrook is nursing a sore quad that could put him out or limit his run time. Stay tuned.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers split their first four games inside the bubble with a win over Utah clinching their first No. 1 seed in the West in a decade. All hasn’t been right, however. A few bumps in the road were expected after a lengthy delay, but what the Lakers have done is borderline ridiculous. They shots just 35.2 percent from the field recording their lowest point total of the season in Wednesday’s 105-86 loss to OKC.

In their four bubble games the Lakers are still searching for their shooting touch. They’ve combined to make only 39.8 percent of their shots overall and 25.2 percent three-pointers. Anthony Davis was particularly dreadful against OKC scoring only nine points on 3 of 11 shooting. “I think we’re fine. The offense is going to come around,” Davis said. That effort came one game after AD dropped 42 on the Jazz in the conference-clinching win.

There’s a fine line that Frank Vogel has to walk getting his team ready for the playoffs. You want guys firing on all cylinders, but with the top-seed secure he doesn’t want to risk any injuries that could derail a championship run. And with this game the second in as many nights how does he manage minutes for LeBron and AD? Three-point shooting needs a jolt, that’s why JR Smith and Dion Waiters were brought in. We’ll probably see plenty of those two on Thursday.

Houston Rockets

In terms of seeding within the conference this game obviously means more to the Rockets. With 42 wins they are tied with OKC, one fewer than Utah and three fewer than Denver and the Clippers. There is a chance to move up the ladder. There’s also a chance they can go the other way with Dallas at 41 wins in the congested standings. The bubble has effectively taken homecourt advantage out of the equation making matchups most important.

While a number of teams eased their way back into the schedule the Rockets didn’t. They opened the bubble portion of their schedule with a scintillating 153-149 overtime win over Dallas with James Harden dropping 49. There was concern about Russell Westbrook, who was delayed in his arrival due to a positive COVID test. Russ cleared quarantine in time to drop 31 on the Mavs. Westbrook is listed as questionable for this game with his absence impacting the Rockets’ lineup since they only use eight players.

After their explosion against the Mavs when the Rockets shot 51.5 percent from the field, things dried up. The failed to reach 40 percent in the last two games, though they beat the Bucks in the first outing. The win streak ended in a 110-102 loss to the Blazers on Tuesday. No matter what the Rockets will take the three-ball. They’ve made at least 19 triples in each of the three bubble games.

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Both clubs have struggled to shoot the basketball recently so we’re probably going to see an outburst. Nah, I don’t think so. But don’t take the Lakers wrapping up the conference as a sign that they are going through the motions. “We’re building habits, and every time we’re out there we have a chance to build and find rhythms. These games are still really important for us to do that,” Vogel said. I’ll take his word for it and back the Lakers.

NBA Score Prediction: Lakers 114, Rockets 109

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