Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Free Pick
The Lakers finished last season with a franchise worst 55 losses, and things aren’t looking any better this year either. LA lost Pau Gasol to the Bulls via free agency, and word has come out that Steve Nash will miss the entire season due to a hurt back. This backcourt was already viewed as one of the weakest in the league, so the loss of Nash just makes things worse.
This will be Dwight Howard’s 2nd trip back to LA since leaving a ton of money on the table and leaving for Houston. He no doubt has some motivation as he and Kobe were not great friends (To put it mildly). There’s essentially no one inside who has even a remote shot of guarding Howard, so expect him to have a field day.
Kobe will try and carry this team as best as he can, but he’s injury prone, old, and just can’t do everything by himself. The Lakers also enter the season with a long list of injuries. Even after Nash, Nick Young, Ryan Kelly, Xavier Henry, and Wayne Ellington will all be missing this contest. That leaves LA to turn to Carlos Boozer, who has nothing left in the tank.
The fact is that the Lakers are flat out outmanned in every area, and its’ really not even close. Opening night in LA might give the Lakers some momentum coming out of the gates, but that will be short lived and Houston will control the game. Take the Rockets.
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The Free Pick Is A Play On: Houston Rockets -6