|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Houston Rockets are struggling to keep in the race for the NBA Western Conference playoffs. The Rockets are 24-22 and are half a game ahead for the eighth spot.
The Rockets will be taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Houston's Toyota Center on Tuesday night. The Lakers are 28-17 and are third in the conference while being five games ahead of ninth place.
Kevin Martin, the leading scorer for the Rockets, has missed the last four games. Martin has a strained shoulder. However, he has been practicing in recent days but it is not clear as to whether or not he will be playing. Martin is getting 17.1 points per game. Luis Scola has picked up much of the work that Martin has done. Scola has 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in each game.
The Los Angeles Lakers had won five games in a row but they lost on Sunday by a score of 103-99 to Utah. The Lakers recently picked up Ramon Sessions off of a trade with Cleveland. Sessions is getting about twenty minutes of playing time in each game with the Lakers and is being used primarily for depth.
Kobe Bryant continues to lead the Lakers and the NBA in scoring. He has 28.7 points per game. This is one point higher than his nearest competitor, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant. Andrew Bynum is also third in the NBA with 12.9 rebounds in each game. Bynum's 57.8% field goal shooting average is also second in the NBA. Bynum scores 18.1 points per game on average and is also getting 12.9 rebounds.
The Lakers are favored to win the game by the sportsbook site but it is not by too much because it is a road game. The Lakers are -3 favorites for the game. The over/under is listed at 191.