The Houston Rockets outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers 138-134 on Saturday night.

It was an offensive showdown on both sides that featured plenty of highly p[roductive performances. This was led by reigning league MVP James Harden pouring in another huge performance with a game-high 48 points on 14-of-30 shooting from the floor and 8-of-19 shooting from beyond the arc that easily made him the best bet performance.

Harden was the leading factor that helped his team completely erase a 17-point deficit. This saw him hit a pair of 3-pointers from the top of the arc and the right wing. He also went 6-of-11 from the floor. Harden has been easily the most productive scorer in the league over the last few weeks.

There has simply been no other player that has been as productive as him on the court. Harden’s shooting has been highly rewarding for Hoopit users. He has been an unstoppable shooting performance where he averaged 48.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting from the floor. He has notched more than 35 points in each contest with four outing with more than 40 points.

Veteran guard Eric Gordon notched 30 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the floor and 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. Gordon has gone 2-of-5 from the floor along with hitting three 3-pointers from the right wing and a pair from the top of the arc.

With Gordon being healthy, he should continue to be a highly reliable scoring option for the Rockets, especially with Chris Paul still sidelined with a hamstring injury. Gordon will be a highly dependable option from distance in the process.

These two should continue to be the leading offensive factors for the team moving forward each time that the Rockets take the floor this season.

The Lakers may have come up on the short end of the stick, they did have some highly productive performances. This was led by second-year forward Kyle Kuzma pouring in a team-high 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the floor and 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Kuzma was effective in the paint going 7-of-8 from that spot on the floor while hitting a 3-pointer from each spot but both corner spots from distance. Kuzma has been the leading offensive factor with LeBron James out of the mix. He has more than stepped up to prove that he is their most reliable scorer in the last several weeks.

In the last five games, Kuzma is averaging 24.0 points on 46.3 percent from the field and 35.9 percent shooting from 3-point range. He has picked it up over the last two games with more than 30 points where he has knocked down 11 three-pointers over that span.

Even when James returns to the m ix, Kuzma will be a highly dependable betting option. Forward Brandon Ingram poured in 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. Ingram has hit 4-of-8 shots from the paint. His production has varied over the season, but he has been the team’s secondary scoring option with the bulk of his production coming from the paint. Ingram will be a reliable scoring option moving forward.



Written by: Matt Rotondo

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