I’m rolling with the assumption that LeBron is returning here, but would caution against betting until he is confirmed available. LA are currently 6-point road favourites against Memphis, who have really slipped of late due to injuries.
The Lakers enter this clash nice and rested, with their only game since Wednesday being a blowout win over Golden State. After getting humbled by the Clippers and Rockets, Memphis enter this one on the second night of a back-to-back.
Both sides are dealing with a few injuries, but Memphis’ appear to be more problematic here. They are decimated at the forward positions, with Justise Winslow, Brandon Clarke, and Jaren Jackson all ruled out.
The Lakers are also one of the premier road sides in the NBA, compiling a 24-5 record thus far. They’ve got the matchup and rest advantage here, which should help cover a relatively modest 6-point line.
Houston have been in strong form of late, and I like them getting 2 points away at Boston. Kemba Walker has been ruled out here, which really impacts Boston on offense.
The Rockets have gone all in on small ball and Boston just don’t have any bigs capable of punishing this. Houston have been in some great recent form, winning 8 of their last 10 and covering in 7 of those.
The Celtics still possess a fantastic 23-5 home record, but their inconsistent offense without Walker worries me. Houston’s defence has looked much better of late and could lead to some very easy transition opportunities here.
Houston are rested and fatigued here, starting their road trip after 2 full days off. I think they’ll complete the season sweep of Boston and pull off an outright upset win.