NBA Playoff betting prediction on the western conference semi final series, between the Rockets and LA Lakers.
One advantage that the Rockets figured to have in this sportsbook betting matchup was their defense, which was superior to Los Angeles’ during the regular season.
In 2009, Houston has been one of the best teams against the NBA Playoffs odds for both defense and rebounding. The Rockets rank 4th in the NBA playoffs for rebounding and 5th in the NBA playoffs for defense. The Lakers are, conversely, one of the better offensive teams against the NBA Playoffs odds and rank 4th overall in the playoffs for scoring.
So far in the post season Bryant is averaging 28.2 points per game and leads LA in assists with 32. Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol are both averaging 10 rebounds per game. Yao leads the Rockets with 17.6 points per game as well as 10.6 rebounds per game. Artest is right behind with 16.4-points per game.
L.A. and Houston met four times this regular season, with the Lakers winning with ease at STAPLES Center and using second half pushes to win twice in Texas. The first Texas duel featured a final-minute dagger three from Kobe Bryant, and the second Bryant’s 18 fourth quarter points as Houston struggled to score down the stretch.
Regular Season Game Scores
Nov. 9, 2008: Houston 82, Los Angeles 111
Jan. 13, 2009: Los Angeles 105, Houston 100
Mar. 11, 2009: Los Angeles 102, Houston 96
Apr. 3, 2009: Houston 81, Los Angeles 93
The Rockets used their signature defense to hold Portland to 88 or fewer points in five of the six games and advance past the first round for the first time in 12 years. Portland had little answer for Yao Ming and emerging forward Luis Scola, who played like an All-Star for most of the series.
Kobe Bryant quarterbacked the Lakers to a methodical five-game win over the Jazz. The Lakers should meet a tougher opponent in the Rockets, who might be able to neutralize Pau Gasol with Ming.
Look for this Series to be over in 6 games and the Lakers will be the ones heading into the next round.
NBA Playoffs Lakers vs Rockets Series Scores
Mon, May 4 Houston L 92-100
Wed, May 6 Houston W 111-98
Fri, May 8 at Houston W 108-94
Sun, May 10 at Houston L 87-99
Tue, May 12 Houston W 118-78
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