Vik (37-30-1): The Pick: Rockets -5
The Lakers and Rockets meet for the first time tonight since ‘Fight Night’, so it is time to buckle up for Round 2. This should be a fun one, especially with Shaq, Chuck and the Inside the NBA crew covering the game afterwards.
Houston comes into this game off a nice win vs. the Trail Blazers, where they shot 49.4% from the field and held Portland to 43.7% shooting. More importantly, this is a must-win spot for them, as they are currently ranked 14th in the West. I know a lot of people think it is still early in the season, but I wrote about why history says the Rockets need to start winning soon.
Another reason I like Houston is because they matchup well vs. the Lakers on the court. Last time these two teams played in LA, the Rockets came away with a 124-115 win as 3.5-point road favorites. The Lakers will miss Ingram’s scoring and length tonight, especially in the second half.
The public is also all over the Lakers tonight at a 75% clip, which makes me like the Rockets even more.
Jason (45-56-1): The Pick: Spurs -2.5
Ryan (34-46-1): The Pick: Suns +6.5