NBA 2020 Playoffs Rockets vs. Lakers Game 5: Predictions, picks and bets


September 12, 2020 8:32 PM

The Rockets have their backs against the wall and are on the verge of elimination down 3-1.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis continue to put them to the sword and they will have to turn things around if they are any chance of surviving.

Will the Rockets survive or can the Lakers move on? NBA Bet Hub predictions below 👇

Dimers' predictions are based on 10,000 simulations of this particular matchup


Dimers' Suggested Plays

🔥 BEST: Rockets +6.5
💵 Moneyline: Rockets (+220*)
👆 Over/Under: o215.5 total points
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BEST: Spread

Rockets +6.5 has a 53% probability

The Rockets are going to desperate, which means if they can't win you can be sure they will take it all the way down to the wire. According to our data, they have a 53 percent chance of covering and it is our top pick of the game.


Rockets to win has a 0.7% edge against the books

Although the Lakers are the favorites for Game 5, it is Houston who are the smart Moneyline bet. According to our model, they have a 0.7 percent edge against the books, which means they are a better chance of winning than their odds suggest.


o215.5 total points has a 51% probability

We saw just 210 points in Game 4, but with Houston needing to throw everything at this one, expect the scoring to pick up. They play a high-tempo game and will need to get back to that if they want to survive.

Dimers' take-out

The ball is well and truly in Los Angeles' court, which means the Rockets need to pull something out of the hat. Look for them to put in a strong performance in a high-scoring game. If you're keen to play, you can review the best legal online sportsbooks in your area, here.


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*Odds and probabilities correct at time of publishing.