Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets - 10/28/14
Houston Rockets (54-28) at Los Angeles Lakers (27-55)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +6 -- Over/Under: 214 See the Latest Odds
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers play host to the Houston Rockets on opening night.
Coming off a massively disappointing 27-55 season, the only way is up for the Los Angeles Lakers and the first step was to get Kobe Bryant back on the court and playing. Kobe played in five of the seven preseason games for the Lakers and was able to average 26.3 points in his final three, but with good news for the Lakers comes plenty of bad as they learnded that Steve Nash is set to miss the entire season with his ongoing back injury. Fortunately, LA were able to acquire Jeremy Lin in the offseason and he'll surely step in as the starter where he averages 14.4 points, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals. Other offseason additions include Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis and Ronnie Price, but not surprisingly, the majority of the scoring load will fall on Kobe once again.
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Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets finished last season with a 54-28 regular season record and but were eliminated by the Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference semifinals. After opting not to match Chandler Parons' $46 million offer from the Mavericks and shipping off Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, the Rockets acquired Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry. With Parsons gone, even more of the scoring burden falls on the shoulders or James Harden and Dwight Howard now so I just get the feeling that Houston didn't do enough in the offseason.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 10-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall and the Over is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings in Los Angeles.
Personally, this isn't the type of game I would bet on because you're not quite sure what you're getting from either side. With that being said, the Rockets look to be a more settled unit and with Harden still red hot from the FIBA world cup, I'm expecting the Rockets to come out on top.