The foremost piece of betting news relative to this game is Rondo and Ingram are out. The Lakers and Rondo claimed that Rondo didn’t spit at Paul, but video of the incident clearly articulates Rondo’s account.
In terms of recent matches, the Lakers lost 124-115 to Houston, failing to cover the spread. The Lakers have allowed 128 and 124 points within their first two games. Against Houston, they allowed James Harden and Chris Paul to unite for 64 points and 15 assists. Houston’s starters scored 95 points.
The Spurs lost Saturday night into the Portland Trail Blazers, 121-108, failing to cover the spread. The Spurs are 32-24 in their last 56 visits to the Staples Center but that was an even series of overdue. The Lakers are 4-3 SU and ATS in the last seven encounters.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs created 16 shot attempts than Portland 100 to 84, on Saturday. They struck 13 of 30 three-pointers, which is very excellent. They committed only six turnovers, which is exceptionally strong. Yet, they lost by 13. Why? They allowed 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, as the Effect of the Murray injury struck home for Gregg Popovich’s team.
You’re seeing numerous high-scoring games in the NBA this year, a product not just of gamers needing to adjust for their defensive assignments and rotations, but also due to the NBA principles and points of emphasis clearly equaling offensive players. San Antonio didn’t play poorly on offence against Portland, but since its defence was lost, that good offensive performance did not matter.
Los Angeles Lakers
What does the loss of Rondo and Ingram imply for this particular game? Rondo is just one of their two best passers, the other being LeBron James. Los Angeles handed out 28 assists on Saturday from Houston and Rondo had 10 of those assists, together with LeBron having only five. The Lakers’ ball motion could suffer to a degree, also against San Antonio’s ineffective defence. As far as Ingram goes, he’s averaging 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. The Lakers have thickness in the back court with Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, but the reduction of Ingram will be sensed a little more.
In the loss to Houston, the Lakers allowed the Rockets to reach 16 threes in 42 efforts. Houston also outscored the Lakers by nine at the free throw line, 20 points to 11. The Lakers committed only 10 turnovers, but they had been outrebounded 54-44. Another problem for Los Angeles from Houston:. The Lakers made just 8 of 32 attempts against the Rockets.