Rockets vs Lakers and Celtics at Miami Heat
The Lakers have only lost three games at home this season and face a Rockets team that has not played with Yao Ming all season and have star Tracy McGrady wanting a trade. But Houston simply keeps on winning.
Houston Rockets (20-14) at L.A. Lakers (27-6)
The lines are not yet out for this game, but check back with Bovada as they always post early lines.
The Lakers have been playing great, as they are 8-2 in their last 10 games and have won three in a row, while the Rockets are a legit 6-4 in their last 10 games, but are coming off a loss.
This season the Lakers are 19-3 at home and 14-19 ATS and the Rockets are 10-10 on the road and are 20-14 ATS.
The Rockets may breath a little easier in this game, as Pau Gasol (16.8 ppg 11.5 rpg) is likely to miss this game. Ex- Rocket Ron Artest may also miss the game, which would be his sixth straight. However, Lamar Odom has taken Artest’s spot in the starting lineup and in five games has averaged 13.6 ppg and 12.8 rpg.
Kobe Bryant (30.2 ppg) is now the league’s leading scorer and he will need some help on offense tonight if Gasol can’t go.
Trevor Ariza (16.2 ppg) and Aaron Brooks (17.9 ppg) have to shoot well tonight, as the Rockets do not have much inside presence. Ariza has not played well in the two games against his former Lakers’ team averaging 12 ppg on 21.2% shooting.
Even without Pau Gasol the Rockets may have a hard time keeping Odom and Andrew Bynum off the boards. If the Lakers dominate the boards in this game they should have no problem winning.
The Rockets have already beaten the Lakers this season and that game was in La La Land.
The Lakers are coming off a win on Sunday night when they were firing on all cylinders crushing the Dallas Mavericks 131-96.
Wednesday NBA odds
Boston Celtics at Miami Heat odds
Both of these teams are 6-4 in their last 10 games and the Celtics recently hit a hiccup losing a few games. Dwayne Wade and company will have to figure out a way to score against the stellar defense of the Celtics. At least Miami does not have to deal with Paul Pierce, who is out for this game.
Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns
After the Rockets play the Lakers in L.A. on Tuesday things do not get any easier for them, as they face the high-scoring Phoenix Suns, who are 13-3 at home this season. However, the Suns are coming off a loss and are only 5-5 in their last 10 games.
In Thursday’s only game the New York Knicks host the Charlotte Bobcats. As of Tuesday both teams had won two in a row and the Knicks are actually 6-4 in their last 10 games. Both teams currently have 14 wins and each has a chance, ok so maybe a small one, to make the playoffs this season.