January 31, 2011
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Houston Rockets (22-27) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (33-15)
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 10:30PM EST
Line: Los Angeles -8.5
- The Lakers suffered a tough loss to their rival Celtics yesterday, losing by 13 points. The team isn’t letting the loss get to the though and should be well-prepped for another matchup against the Rockets. Lakers’ guard, Kobe Bryant is coming off a 41-point performance in his last game.
- Los Angeles is seventh in scoring this season. Their rebounding game has also progressed well with Bynum gaining minutes. The Lakers rank third in rebounds per game this season, averaging 43.9 boards a game.
- Houston has lost their last two games. Their most recent loss came in meeting against the San Antonio Spurs last Saturday. Luis Scola led the team with his 23 points and ten rebounds. Scola is averaging 19.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game this season.
- The Rockets are fourth in scoring this season. Their ball movement has been excellent; ranking fifth in the league in assists per game. The team’s leading assist-man is Kyle Lowry, who’s putting up an average of 6.5 dimes a game.
Free Picks Game Forecast:
Houston’s Kevin Martin will need one of his sizzling shooting nights if the Rockets plan to take down these heated Lakers. Los Angeles is coming off a tough loss in their home court and will be looking to bring forth some spread scoring coming from their vets. Players such as Paul Gasol and Lamar Odom should be able to have success against Houston’s front court.