The 2016-17 NBA Opening Week continue this Wednesday when the young Los Angeles Lakers host the new-look Houston Rockets. Here are all the things you need to know about the Lakers vs. Rockets game including previews, TV schedule and live stream links.
Lakers vs. Rockets Preview
The Lakers enter the season without Kobe Bryant for the first time in 20 years. The team will now be led by D’Angelo Russell, who has had a great preseason. New head coach Luke Walton has bonded with his young stars and he has given them the confidence to play under his system.
Jordan Clarkson improved his shooting and packed on the muscle this summer while Julius Randle is ready to take the next step. The Lakers also have 2016 second overall pick Brandon Ingram but he will come off the bench in favor of veteran Luol Deng.
On the other hand, the Rockets are ready to put their disappointing season last year away with a new look team heading into the new season. James Harden will take over the point guard position with Patrick Beverley out with an injury.
The Rockets have also brought free agents Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson into the starting lineup. The departure of Dwight Howard has left a hole in the center position but Clint Capela and Nene are ready to fill it. Houston also hired a new head coach in Mike D’Antoni so be ready for a high-octane offense.
Lakers vs. Rockets Starting Lineups
- Los Angeles Lakers: PG – D’Angelo Russell, SG – Jordan Clarkson, SF – Luol Deng, PF – Julius Randle, C – Timofey Mozgov
- Houston Rockets: PG – James Harden, SG – Eric Gordon, SF – Trevor Ariza, PF – Ryan Anderson, C – Clint Capela
Lakers vs. Rockets TV Schedule
- Date: October 26, Wednesday.
- Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
- Tipoff: 7:30 PM PT, 9:30 PM CT, 10:30 PM ET
- Channel: ESPN
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