The Rockets have been hit hard by the covid epidemic, but overall their recent winning streak has looked fantastic. Sooner or later, the team had to slow down. Houston have lost six of their last seven matches, beating only Detroit away. At home, the “rocket”, after six victories in a row, have already lost two meetings in a row. In the match with the Lakers, Kevin Porter will return to the floor, maybe even Giin will play. Wood and Gordon are in the ranks, but the rest of the second-tier fraternity are not yet available. The lineup is very limited and downright weak. The problem with defense is very serious now. The Texans have conceded at least 116 points in seven of their last eight games. And the meeting will be with the team, which will tear and throw in order to interrupt their series of failures.
“Lakes” have already lost five matches in a row, and in all unsuccessful meetings LeBron James was in the lineup and gave out powerful basketball. But there are serious difficulties with help. Davis is in the infirmary. Several key reservists are also unable to play because of the covid, and Russell Westbrook does not indulge in stability. Before the series of two failures on the road, “Lakers” looked very good on other people’s floors, winning four times in five meetings. It is likely that even on the road against such a mediocre opponent, James and company should still wake up and end their string of failures, especially since there will be a second match in two days against Memphis. The upcoming game will just be the second back-to-back meeting for the Rockets, which have failed to do anything with the Charlotte the day before.
In this game, preferences are on the side of LeBron, whose performance should finally bring victory to his team. The victory of “Lakers” with a handicap (-4) is quite for such an opponent. All home defeats, “Houston” were within 8 points. In five of the Lakers’ six away wins, there were at least 4 points difference.