(Photo: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers
7:30 PM Pacific time / 10:30 PM Eastern Time
Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Local: None, National: TNT
Line: Los Angeles Lakers + 6.5
Los Angeles Lakers: 27-55, 14th in the Western Conference (2014 Preseason record: 3-5 )
Houston Rockets: 54-28, 4th in the Western Conference (2014 Preseason record: 6-2 )
Record vs. each other (2013-14 season): Lakers were 1-3 versus the Rockets last season.
Lakers: Jeremy Lin, Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Julius Randle (2014 1st round pick/7th overall), Jordan Clarkson (2014 2nd round pick/46th overall), Wayne Ellington, Ronnie Price
Rockets: Trevor Ariza, Jason Terry, Tarik Black, Clint Capela (2014 first round pick, 25th overall), Nick Johnson (2014 second round pick, 42nd overall), Joey Dorsey, Kostas Papanikolaou.
Out: Nick Young (thumb), Xavier Henry (back), Ryan Kelly (Hamstring), Steve Nash (back)
Probable: Ronnie Price (knee)
*injury updates via Rotoworld.com
- The 2014-2015 NBA season officially starts for both the Lakers and Rockets tonight as both teams face each other in Los Angeles.
- Today will be the first time that Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard will face each other in a game since their time as teammates in Los Angeles. As we all know, despite the Lakers full court press placed on Howard in an attempt to have him return he shun the Lakers to go to sign for less money with the Rockets.
- Another interesting story line is with Jeremy Lin facing his previous team who found him to be expendable this off-season. The Rockets traded away Lin and a draft pick to the Lakers in order to make cap space to pursue Chris Bosh who they ended up resigning with the Heat.
- Byron Scott will make his official debut as Lakers coach today, his 4th team as a head coach. Scott brings a 416-521 coaching record and 2 NBA Final appearances when coaching the then New Jersey Nets.
- After the Rockets missed on acquiring the big name free agents and lost a few key pieces of their team in the process, such as Lin and Chandler Parsons, they settled on former Lakers guard Trevor Ariza, signing him to a multi-year free agent contract.
- Ariza has struggled since leaving the Lakers in free agency back in 2009 for Houston. Ariza has played for 3 teams since 2009, including this being his 2nd stint with the Rockets. In a contract year last season, Ariza bounced back, putting together a strong season with the Wizards, averaging 14.4 points per game and shooting a 45.6 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from 3.