Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5 Western Conference Semifinals. Probably the final game in this series. The Lakers have not allowed the Rockets to have space in this series. After the first game things turned in favor of the Lakers. For now the favorite to win is the team led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Houston Rockets: Final Decision.
The Rockets have to win today if they want to extend the series. But from the evidence from the last three games, the Rockets have no way of winning this round. All the last three games the team lost by ten points or more. The most recent loss was in the fourth game 110-100. But the Lakers are not “superior”, they are only more efficient in some important points.
The Rockets’ average in the playoffs is 108.7 points per game, 37.8 FG points, 17.3 three pointers, 79.8% free throw shots, 21.6 assists, 9.4 steals, 3.5 blocks and 6.5 offensive rebounds. The defense allows 105.8 points per game being the fourth best defense of the postseason. The Rockets also allow 38.6 FG points, 11.5 three pointers and 20.7 assists.
In the most recent game, Westbrook and Harden scored over twenty points. Eric Gordon scored 19 points. From the bench 32 points, with Austin Rivers being the top scorer on the bench with 14 points. The fourth game was practically a copy of the three defeats that the team has suffered against the Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers: Last Day.
The Lakers have a chance to close this series to rest a couple of days before the conference finals. So far in three 3-1 wins, the Lakers have shown power. The team is primarily using bench work to finish off the Rockets. In the victories of this series, the Lakers are over 30+ points from the bench on average.
The team has the second-best offense in the playoffs with 113.6 points per game. 42.4 FG points, 11.3 three pointers, 72.2% free throw shots, 11.3 offensive rebounds, 25.9 assists, 8.7 steals, 5.9 blocks. Defense is fifth best allowing just 106.2 points per game, 36.4 FG points, 13.3 three pointers and 19.7 assists.
LeBron James has had a supporting role in the last few games of this series. In the most recent game he scored 16 points with 9 assists. Davis was the top scorer with 29 points and 12 rebounds. No three pointers for either of us. Caruso, Rondo, Kuzma and Horton-Tucker were the only players on the bench to play in Game 4.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers 09/12/2020 is: take the OVER 215 (TOTALS).
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