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NorthBet NBA Betting Lines – Lakers Still The Team To Beat

Posted by Jackson Anthony on 10/26/2010 12:55:32 PM

The journey for their second three-peat of the decade begins tonight for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Houston Rockets in NorthBet NBA betting lines.

Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers
10:35 PM ET
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Live from the Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
Broadcast: TNT

NorthBet NBA Betting Lines:
Houston +7
Los Angeles -7
Total 196.5

The Los Angeles Lakers opened as 8-point favorites according to Vegas NBA betting lines. The public action is moving in favor of Houston covering the NorthBet spread that currently sits at Houston (+7).

Los Angeles returns nine players from their championship run a year ago, while acquiring free agents Matt Barnes, Steve Blake, and Theo Ratliff during the offseason.

Barnes is a strong perimeter defender and will back-up small forward Ron Artest. Steve Blake was brought in to support starting point guard Derek Fisher. Blake is a dependable ball handler and exceptional passer. The seven-year veteran sported a 4:1 assist to turnover ratio last season with the Clippers and Trailblazers.

Theo Ratliff was acquired to replace injured center Andrew Bynum for the first month of the NBA betting lines season. The 37-year-old center will be matched up against Houston center Yao Ming on opening night.

NorthBet Numbers:
1. Los Angeles has not lost a home opener since 2005.
2. The Lakers are 7-3 in their last ten meetings against the Rockets and were 4-1 against Houston at the Staples Center last NorthBet season.

Ming spent the offseason recovering from a broken foot that he suffered May 2009. The 7’ 6” center hasn’t played a full year since the 2004-05 NBA betting lines season. Foot and leg injuries have plagued the all-star center for the past half a decade.

The Rockets continue to evolve their rotation after the additions of Kevin Martin, Jordan Hill, and Jared Jeffries last February.

Winning in the Staples Center to open the season will be a tall order for a Houston Rockets team that has yet to play a single regular season NBA Betting lines game together.

NBA Betting Lines Pick: Lakers (-7)

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