|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Rockets red glare may be lost in the spotlights of Hollywood, but coach Kevin McHale will deliver his troop from Houston to the Staples Center of Los Angeles to face the Lakers tonight beginning at 10:30ET. The game can be seen as the second half of a doubleheader on NBA TV.
The Rockets should be well rested after an unusual three game break in this compressed, strike shortened season. They should have enjoyed the rest that much more having come off a victory in Chicago against the league leading Bulls on Monday. In that one, Goran Dragic led his team in scoring with 20 points. Luis Scola had a double, double of 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Houston forced the usually reliable ball handling Bulls into 19 turnovers, while taking care of the ball on their end with only 8 of their own. It was a nice comeback road win, as they trailed by 11 at the half. The game turned on a 14-1 Houston run during the third quarter.
The Rockets are fighting to remain in the playoff hunt, currently tied with Denver for the number seven spot with an overall mark of 29-25. Even with the win in Chicago however, their road record is just 9-17.
The Lakers are coming in to this one after giving their intra city and stadium rival Clippers a 113-108 spanking. While Blake Griffin was slamming the ball, Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant were slamming the door shut with a combination of 67 points. The troubled Bynum led the team with 36 points and contributed 8 rebounds. This, at least for the moment, silenced any concerns between him and new coach Mike Brown.
With the win, the Lakers remain in third place moving two games ahead of the Clippers in the Western Conference. The Lakers are 35-20 on the year, trailing second place San Antonio by 4.5 games. They are 23-5 at home.
The Rockets did defeat the Lakers 107-104 in Houston on March 20. Los Angeles is a 6 point favorite in NBA betting at home on a $110/$100 moneyline. The same moneyline holds for the over/under of 195.5.