NBA playoffs (Game 7)
12:30 p.m. PT at Los Angeles
Rockets +12½ at Lakers (194)
Talk about a perplexing series! The Lakers seemed to be holding all the cards up 2-1 and seeing Houston’s big force Yao Ming go down for the rest of the playoffs. But the preceding games have seen the Rockets blow the Lakers out twice at home and LA win by 40 at Staples Center.
The winner of all six games has led after the first quarter. So the start should be especially critical in this win-or-go-home matchup. The Lakers opened as a 13-point favorite with Houston getting enough support to lower the number to 12½. The best play could be a first half wager, figuring LA to be at -7. The 194 projected total is well below the 198, 199 and 198 of the past three games, which all went under.
All the pressure is on the Lakers, but it’s just hard to imagine that LA won’t repeat that 40-point blowout. LAKERS first half / game.
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