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NBA : ATS Matchup
Tuesday 12/4/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




LA LAKERS (8 - 9) at HOUSTON (8 - 8)
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Tuesday, 12/4/2012 8:05 PM
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711LA LAKERS-1-2.5
LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games8-9-7.67-1010-7100.752.845.7%56.996.948.844.1%49.0
Road Games1-4-4.41-43-2100.450.644.4%54.0103.849.847.1%45.2
Last 5 Games2-3-32-33-2103.054.044.4%57.898.048.644.0%51.6
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)100.752.836-7845.7%8-2237.4%21-3166.5%571321208165
vs opponents surrendering97.949.137-8244.4%7-1935.6%18-2475.0%521221208145
Team Stats (Road Games)100.450.633-7344.4%10-2341.4%26-3573.1%541218238204
Stats Against (All Games)96.948.837-8544.1%7-2034.6%15-2173.4%491122259144
vs opponents averaging97.548.737-8344.6%7-1935.6%17-2275.0%511221218155
Stats Against (Road Games)103.849.839-8347.1%7-1840.7%18-2478.0%4510222610145

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games8-8+0.18-710-6103.552.744.3%53.9102.451.245.5%51.5
Home Games6-3+2.16-35-4104.853.645.0%52.698.748.744.6%52.1
Last 5 Games4-1+3.74-14-1112.655.649.0%50.8105.852.047.3%49.6
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)103.552.737-8444.3%9-2636.0%20-2577.3%541322199164
vs opponents surrendering97.549.137-8244.6%7-2035.9%17-2375.9%511221218155
Team Stats (Home Games)104.853.638-8345.0%10-2737.1%20-2578.1%531122189155
Stats Against (All Games)102.451.240-8745.5%8-2238.9%14-2073.6%511223199147
vs opponents averaging98.549.537-8145.0%7-2037.5%18-2475.1%511222208146
Stats Against (Home Games)98.748.739-8844.6%9-2339.0%12-1671.2%521222198156
Average power rating of opponents played: LA LAKERS 95.4,  HOUSTON 97.1
LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/31/2012@ PORTLAND106-116L-2L192O36-7250.0%522442-8350.6%3612
11/2/2012LA CLIPPERS95-105L1.5L191.5O34-6850.0%482038-8445.2%4611
11/7/2012@ UTAH86-95L3L198U25-7433.8%661837-8344.6%4512
11/9/2012GOLDEN STATE101-77W-7.5W199U36-9040.0%681629-8633.7%5818
11/13/2012SAN ANTONIO82-84L0L196U31-7441.9%611735-9038.9%498
11/21/2012@ SACRAMENTO97-113L-5.5L204.5O29-6544.6%422044-8154.3%4716
11/23/2012@ MEMPHIS98-106L4.5L200O33-7444.6%371838-7550.7%5115
11/24/2012@ DALLAS115-89W-1.5W205U40-8248.8%731934-9237.0%4715
12/4/2012@ HOUSTON              
12/5/2012@ NEW ORLEANS              
12/7/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/11/2012@ CLEVELAND              
12/13/2012@ NEW YORK              
12/14/2012@ WASHINGTON              
12/16/2012@ PHILADELPHIA              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/31/2012@ DETROIT105-96W2.5W194O39-7949.4%532035-7944.3%4316
11/2/2012@ ATLANTA109-102W5W203O38-9042.2%662140-8547.1%3713
11/9/2012@ MEMPHIS85-93L7L194U31-7640.8%532035-9437.2%589
11/14/2012NEW ORLEANS100-96W-6.5L184O36-8045.0%511134-8440.5%4810
11/16/2012@ PORTLAND117-119L2T198O41-8846.6%541844-8651.2%4815
11/18/2012@ LA LAKERS108-119L7L205.5O44-9048.9%511546-8554.1%5113
11/19/2012@ UTAH91-102L6L197U30-8634.9%601437-9240.2%6214
11/23/2012NEW YORK131-103W4.5W198.5O46-8951.7%571437-8643.0%4015
11/28/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY98-120L10.5L210.5O36-8741.4%521647-8754.0%5615
12/4/2012LA LAKERS              
12/7/2012@ SAN ANTONIO              
12/10/2012SAN ANTONIO              
12/16/2012@ TORONTO              
12/17/2012@ NEW YORK              
LA LAKERS: GUARDS: Coach Mike Brown will reportedly turn the offensive gameplan over to STEVE NASH, but it's tough to picture a smooth transition after so many years of iso-heavy play in L.A. Don't be surprised if Nash has a tough adjustment . . . KOBE BRYANT will also have to learn to play with the ball out of his hands more often. He still figures to force some hold-and-wait basketball when he can . . . STEVE BLAKE will be in the old Derek Fisher role, coming off the bench to shoot corner threes . . . CHRIS DUHON and DARIUS MORRIS will battle for that No. 3 point guard spot . . . JODIE MEEKS will back up Bryant and provide some long-range shooting off the bench . . . The young guys, ANDREW GOUDELOCK and second-rounder DARIUS JOHNSON-ODOM, will bounce between the bench and the D-League. FORWARDS: If L.A. redesigns their offense to fit Nash, PAU GASOL should thrive. He's adjusted his game to fit with Kobe's iso play, but Gasol can make the passes and cuts to create quick buckets in a Euro-style offense . . . METTA WORLD PEACE looked done early last season but rebounded for a solid second half. He's a distant fifth option on offense, but can still defend . . . ANTAWN JAMISON will likely fill a sixth-man role. His skill set is too narrow to play a lot of minutes with the starters . . . JORDAN HILL is in the rotation. He did a nice job rebounding and clearing out space last year . . . DEVIN EBANKS figures to be bumped out of the rotation by Jamison. CENTERS: DWIGHT HOWARD's back remains a bit of a concern, and it wouldn't be a shock to see him sit out a handful of regular season games. But when he plays, he'll put up the same kind of monster production that he had in Orlando . . . ROBERT SACRE will be lucky to make the roster.
HOUSTON: GUARDS: Houston has gutted its roster, and this is JEREMY LIN's team now. Coach Kevin McHale will use the same pick-and-roll offense he used with Goran Dragic, and Lin should do what he did in New York a year ago . . . KEVIN MARTIN is on the trade block. As long as he's in Houston, he'll be in and out of McHale's doghouse, especially seeing that he's not in the long-term plans . . . JEREMY LAMB should push Martin for minutes early. Lamb will have some defensive issues, but he's a cagey scorer who should mesh well with Lin . . . CARLOS DELFINO replaces Chase Budinger as the team's most reliable marksman from three-point range . . . TONEY DOUGLAS' defensive ability puts him in the running for a rotation spot . . . SHAUN LIVINGSTON can give them 12 to 15 minutes a night . . . Rookie SCOTT MACHADO, an outstanding passer, will back up Lin . . . GARY FORBES will have trouble finding minutes. FORWARDS: CHANDLER PARSONS was a nice surprise a year ago. He's a fifth option offensively but does the hustle/energy thing well . . . 2011 first-rounder DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS is a skilled 7-footer who fits with Lin. Expect him to grab a starting job by midseason, but he can also play center when required . . . This might be the year PATRICK PATTERSON makes an impact. His game is limited, but he can rebound and score around the basket . . . ROYCE WHITE is a 270-pounder with point guard skills. He needs the ball in his hands though, which is why he's not a great fit with Lin in the starting lineup . . . TERRENCE JONES has a tweener skill set. At this point, he's better suited for the second unit . . . Speaking of 'tweeners, MARCUS MORRIS looks to be nowhere near contributing. CENTERS: OMER ASIK earned his reputation as a defensive stud in Chicago, and he'll get a little more offensive freedom in Houston. He is quite foul-prone though, and he'll be tested on the free-throw line early and often . . . His backup, GREG SMITH, has more fouls (17) than points (14) in his 69-minute NBA career.
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Los Angeles (8-9) at Houston (8-8), 8:00 p.m. EDT

Kobe Bryant knows the Los Angeles Lakers need to improve in many areas.

Houston could be a difficult place to make those changes.

Bryant and the Lakers will try to climb back to .500 on Tuesday night when the Rockets seek their first six-game home winning streak in two seasons.

Still disappointed at a 113-103 loss to Orlando on Sunday that capped off the team's 1-2 homestand, Bryant provided a relatively simple solution for the Lakers' inconsistency.

"It's not rocket science, it's not solving world hunger, you just gotta go out there and do your job," he said a day after Los Angeles was outscored 40-26 in the fourth quarter.

The Lakers (8-9) are still trying to find their way under coach Mike D'Antoni's pick-and-roll system \2013 going 3-4 since he took for the fired Mike Brown \2013 but Bryant continues to do his job, leading the NBA with 27.6 points per game. Bryant said Pau Gasol needs to step up his game, especially with Steve Nash out indefinitely with a small fracture in his right leg, Steve Blake gone the next 6-to-8 weeks with a torn abdominal muscle, and the Lakers' bench among the worst in the league with 23.4 points per game.

Gasol is averaging 10.1 points on 38.8 percent shooting under D'Antoni.

"He might not be posting up as much as he'd like," said Bryant, 52 points shy of becoming the fifth in league history with 30,000. "But he just has to adjust. The reality is I've adjusted. I've never run this many screen and rolls in my entire life, but I've worked on it."

Dwight Howard needs to work on his free throw shooting. The six-time All-Star center is hitting a career-low 46.5 percent from the foul line after missing 12 of 21 on Sunday, including seven of his 14 fourth-quarter attempts.

"As a team, our effort wasn't there," Howard said.

The Lakers can't afford that against a Rockets team that's won four of five overall and going for its first six-game run at home since reeling off seven straight from March 14-April 3, 2011.

Houston (8-8) is averaging 113.0 points and shooting 49.9 percent \2013 including 45.5 percent from 3-point range - during its home winning streak. All five starters have reached double figures in the last three at the Toyota Center, with the team totaling 78 assists during this stretch.

"There's a lot more balance, and I think the ball is moving," point guard Jeremy Lin said after handing out a team-best eight assists in Saturday's 124-116 win over Utah. "We're getting our bigs in a spot that they need to be to keep the floor spread. It's starting to look more and more dangerous."

Chandler Parsons and James Harden, the team leader with 24.1 points per game, are the Rockets' biggest threats from long range with 36 and 31 3-pointers, respectively, but Los Angeles' frontline needs to keep an eye on Patrick Patterson. The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 23.0 points and has hit 6 of 12 from beyond the arc in the last three games.

"Pat, the way he's shooting the ball, it's going to stretch out the defense so much. It's not going to allow teams to show as hard on pick-and-rolls and go and double James," Parsons told the Rockets' official website.

Parsons led Houston with 24 points and Harden added 20 in a 119-108 loss at the Lakers on Nov. 18 when Bryant countered with his 18th career triple-double with 22 points, 11 boards and 11 assists.

Houston has won 23 of 25 December home games.

Last Updated: 6/17/2018 10:50:07 PM EST

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