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  • Event: (747) Houston Rockets at (748) Los Angeles Lakers
    Sport/League: NBA
    Date/Time: September 6, 2020 8PM EDT
    Play: 5% – Los Angeles Lakers -5.5 (-110)
    Play Rating: 5%
    Result: Win

     5% Big Ticket: Take the LA Lakers (#748)

    The Rockets were much better than the out-of-sync Lakers in Game 1; a wire-w-wire victory for the underdog.  Now that LA has a game under their belts after another long layoff, I’m expecting a very different story in Game 2.

    LeBron James:  We got a feel for their speed, and we should be fully aware of that going into Game 2. "How do you adjust to a team's speed? You understand that it's not just about the legs moving; it's about the hands moving, as well….They're great with their hands. You understand that if you have the turnover, you can't really react; you have to get back, quick twitch. Quick-twitch plays, because they're very, extremely fast. You adjust to that by playing against it. It was, 'OK, we need to play them again.' There's no way you can simulate that speed."

    Anthony Davis: "Our passing has to be a lot better than it was tonight, but we make the right plays and we can make them pay."

    The Lakers didn’t have a single role player step up on Thursday Night; Houston got huge efforts from multiple role players other than Harden & Westbrook.  That, too, is likely to change in the second meeting.  And while Houston avoided a Game 1 letdown off their hard fought seven game series with OKC, make no mistake about it – this is an ‘exhale’ game for the Rockets after winning Game 7 against the Thunder and Game 1 here.  Expect LA to roll.  Big Ticket: Take LA

    Line Parameter: 5% at -5.5 or lower, 4% at -6 or higher