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NBA Rockets at Lakers

March 30, 2007

NBA Basketball - Houston Rockets (-2˝, 196) at L.A. Lakers 10:30 PM EST

Los Angeles has become wholly dependent on Kobe Bryant to make or break their fortunes. The Lakers are 0-8 when he scores less then 40 points this month a perfect 5-0 when passes this barrier. Either way Lakers supporters have gotten crushed with L.A. 2-10-1 ATS in March.

In reality, defense has been the culprit, as they have allowed 108.3 points a game, forcing them to just try and keep up offensively in order to have a chance to win any game.

The Lakers come into tonight’s contest off a double whammy loss to Memphis at home. Los Angeles scored the second fewest points at Staples Center this season in the loss and had worst shooting percent night at 34.4 percent since facing Houston on January 10.

Yao Ming of the RocketsThe Rockets got to take in the sights and nightlife of La-La land for a second time this season with back to back road games in the City of Angels . Houston defeated the Clippers two nights ago 92-87 as three point road favorites and head right back to face the other L.A. team.

The last time they faced the Lakers here they were handled 112-101 on December 15. Houston has been hustling since Yao Ming’s return with 10-3 record (9-4 ATS) and are becoming increasing more dangerous to play. Houston also has moved within two games in the loss column of Utah for home court advantage in the first round.

Houston will once again be in a role in which they have flourished this campaign and has pegged the Rockets as 2-point road favorites with a total of 196.

Houston has performed well on the road this season with 20-16 and 21-15 ATS mark. Place them in the position of road favorites and these Rockets really soar with 10-4 SU and ATS mark.

What really makes this Western contest a singular event this evening is Los Angeles has sparkled as home underdog with 5-1 against the spread record, winning four times.

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