(Photo: TNT Broadcast)
Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets
6:30 PM Pacific time / 9:30 PM Eastern Time
Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: Local: TWC Sportsnet, TWC Deportes (Los Angeles), ROOT Southwest (Houston) National: ESPN
Line: Los Angeles Lakers +11.5
Los Angeles Lakers: 2-9, 15th (last) in the Western Conference
Houston Rockets: 9-2, 2nd in the Western Conference
Record vs. each other (2013-14 season): Lakers were 1-3 versus the Rockets last season and 0-1 this season.
Out: Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (leg), Wayne Ellington (personal), Ryan Kelly (Hamstring)
Out: Terrance Jones (leg)
*injury updates via Rotoworld.com
- The Lakers will get to avenge their opening day loss to the Rockets who beat the Lakers 108-90 at Staples.
- The Lakers could not corral James Harden who scored 32 points and got to the line 16 times in the opening day victory for the Rockets.
- Kobe Bryant led the team in scoring with 19 points on opening day and Carlos Boozer scored 17 in the loss.
- The most eventful part of the first match-up between the Rockets and Lakers was the minor tussle and exchange of words between Bryant and Dwight Howard. The exchange started due to an elbow from Howard appearing to strike Bryant in the chin after Howard secured a rebound and attempted to clear space while Bryant was taking a swipe at the ball.
- If appears that Bryant yells “soft!” and “try me!” in the direction of Howard as they are separated but that is coming from an amateur lip reader. You can attempt to make out what Bryant is yelling at Howard yourself by looking at this video of the moment.
- The sports betting handicappers weren’t impressed with the Lakers 114-09 win in Atlanta on Tuesday as they’ve placed the Lakers as 11 and 1/2 point underdogs in tonight’s match-up against the Rockets.
- Jeremy Lin makes his return to Houston for the first time since he was traded in the off-season. Lin is averaging 12 points and 4.9 assists on the season for the Lakers.
- Kobe Bryant starts the night leading the league in scoring at 27.4 points per game with Lebron James following closely behind at 27.1 points per game.
- Nick Young made his debut on Tuesday in Atlanta and provided a nice spark to the Lakers offense, scoring 17 points on 6 for 10 from the field.
- Jordan Hill is averaging 13.8 points per game which ranks 2nd on the team and a team leading 9.6 rebounds per game. Hill also leads the NBA in offensive rebounds per game at 4.8 per game.