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Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers - 10/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (42-45) at Los Angeles Lakers (17-65)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers open the 2016-17 NBA season Wednesday night at the Staples Center on ESPN.

The Houston Rockets decided to take the full offensive approach by hiring coach Mike D'Antoni. The Rockets have had issues defensively in the past and while that may remain an issue this season, good luck keeping up with Houston on the offensive end. James Harden could possibly have his best season yet in this system, while Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon are going to get plenty of good looks as well. The Rockets scored no less than 99 points in seven preseason games and that’s going to remain the formula now that the games count. The Rockets are going to look to shoot tams out of the gym whenever possible, and they’ll succeed more times than not. The Houston Rockets have won three of their last four regular season openers.

Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers - 10/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers also have a new head coach in Luke Walton and have nowhere to go but up after combining for 38 wins the last two seasons. The Lakers have a lot of talented young players in D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle, it’s just a matter of these pieces fitting and eventually forming a winning team. As for the leadership and helping the team grow up, the Lakers did a good job of bringing in veterans such as Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov and Jose Calderon. The Lakers will remain a work in progress, but there’s clearly potential in Los Angeles and Walton may be the guy to bring the best out of those young players. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost four of their last five regular season openers. Calderon is questionable with a calf injury.

The Rockets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Rockets are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles and 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall.

I'm high on the Rockets this season, as there's not going to be many teams capable of hanging with them on the offensive end. With the Houston Rockets, you're going to see 120-point nights and even with defensive issues, a lot of teams don't have the firepower to respond to that. While the Lakers are better than most give them credit in terms of raw talent, LA doesn't have the scoring to keep up for 48 minutes. The Rockets will put the NBA world on notice early and get a big road vitory to start things off.

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Houston Rockets -6.5

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