The Lakers misplaced Sport 1 of their first-round sequence towards the Path Blazers, and the identical factor occurred of their second-round sequence vs. the Rockets. Houston got here out and uncovered the Lakers’ weaknesses and did not let up over the course of the sport. L.A.’s dimension was speculated to be an excessive amount of for the Rockets, nevertheless, Houston used that power towards the Lakers and ended up breaking even when it comes to rebounds. 

It is not time to hit the panic button but for the Lakers, nevertheless, some severe changes will have to be made to ensure that this group to not fall additional behind to the Rockets on this sequence. Here is every little thing you must find out about Sport 2 of this thrilling second-round matchup.

The way to Watch Lakers vs. Rockets Sport 2

  • Date: Sunday, Sept. 6 | 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Disney Broad World of Sports activities — Orlando, Florida
  • TV: ABC  Stream on-line: fuboTV (strive at no cost)
  • Odds: Lakers -5.5 | Over/Beneath: 224

Storylines

Rockets: Houston got here out firing on all cylinders, and James Harden asserted his dominance on this sport. Harden was possible enjoying with one thing to show after his abysmal offensive exhibiting in Sport 7 towards the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder within the first spherical. A 36-point exhibiting on 60 p.c capturing, did the trick to proper the improper of Sport 7, because the Lakers had no reply to cease him from attacking the basket. It additionally helped that Eric Gordon poured in 23 factors, whereas Russell Westbrook tacked on one other 24 factors to associate with his 9 rebounds and 6 assists. On the defensive finish, PJ Tucker confirmed that simply because the Rockets lack dimension, does not imply that they are severely undermatched towards the Lakers. Within the fourth quarter, Tucker greater than held his personal within the put up towards each LeBron James and Anthony Davis on quite a few events. Tucker may have his palms full all through the sequence as Houston’s small-ball middle, however he did about nearly as good as you can ask him to do in Sport 1. Now he’ll simply must stick with it over the length of this sequence.

Lakers: L.A. merely does not have anybody who can examine Harden one-on-one. Danny Inexperienced proved to be too sluggish, fan-favorite Alex Caruso lacks the scale and power to go toe-to-toe with Harden, which leaves the Lakers to resort to double-teaming the previous league MVP. That is the sequence that the Lakers desperately wanted the defensive thoughts of Avery Bradley, who opted out of the NBA restart, however sadly for L.A. his companies — or anybody else’s — aren’t on the best way. It was clear within the first spherical that Harden had issue with undrafted rookie Luguentz Dort draped throughout him, however on this sequence, the Lakers haven’t got anybody who can pose a risk to him. That is not nice information for the top-seeded group within the West, who will now look to LeBron greater than ever to do some wizardry on each ends of the ground to maintain this ship from sinking.

Sport prediction

The Lakers possible thought they have been going to roll over the Rockets, particularly on condition that Houston blew a 3-1 sequence result in the inferior Thunder group within the first spherical. However the Lakers haven’t got defensive guys like Dort to decelerate Harden, which is able to proceed to be an issue on this sequence. For now, although, LeBron and L.A. will reply in a giant manner towards the Rockets to knot this sequence up at one sport apiece. Decide: Lakers -5.5

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