The foremost bit of betting news for this game is Rondo and Ingram are outside. The Lakers and Rondo claimed that Rondo didn’t spit at Paul, but video of this episode clearly contradicts Rondo’s account.
Concerning recent matches, the Lakers dropped 124-115 to Houston, failing to cover the spread. The Lakers have allowed 128 and 124 points in their first two games. Against Houston, they enabled James Harden and Chris Paul to unite for 64 points and 15 assists. Houston’s starters scored 95 points.
The Spurs lost Saturday night to the Portland Trail Blazers, 121-108, failing to cover the spread. The Spurs have been 32-24 in their past 56 visits into the Staples Center but this has been an even series of late. The Lakers are 4-3 SU and ATS in the last seven meetings.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs created 16 shot attempts than Portland on Saturday, 100 to 84. They hit 13 of 30 three-pointers, which is very excellent. They committed only six turnovers, which can be strong. Yet, they dropped by 13. Why? They enabled Portland to reach 54 percent of its field objectives and 15 of 32 threes. Portland’s Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 53 points, since the Effect of the Murray injury struck house for Gregg Popovich’s team.
You’re seeing numerous high-scoring games from the NBA this year, a product not only of gamers needing to adjust for their defensive assignments and rotations, but also due to the NBA rules and points of emphasis clearly favoring offensive players. San Antonio didn’t perform badly on offence contrary to Portland, but since its defence was missing, that good offensive performance didn’t matter.
Los Angeles Lakers
What does the loss of Ingram and Rondo mean for this match? Rondo is one of their two greatest passers, another being LeBron James. Los Angeles handed out 28 assists on Saturday from Houston and Rondo had 10 of those assists, with LeBron having just five. The Lakers’ ball motion could have problems with a degree, even against San Antonio’s ineffective defence. So far as Ingram goes, he is averaging 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. The Lakers have depth in the back court with Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, but the reduction of Ingram will be felt a little more.
From the loss to Houston, the Lakers allowed the Rockets to reach 16 threes in 42 attempts. Houston also outscored the Lakers by nine at the free throw line, 20 points into 11. The Lakers committed only 10 turnovers, however they were outrebounded 54-44. Another problem for Los Angeles from Houston:. The Lakers made only 8 of 32 attempts against the Rockets.