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The LA Lakers will be without Pau Gasol as they begin a road trip on Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets on December 4th. The Lakers and Rockets will begin from Houston at 8PM Eastern Time and you can catch all of the action on the NBA League Pass Channel.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker has the game lined at a pick with a total set at 215 points.

Seventeen games into the 2012-2013 season and the Lakers are one game under .500 at 8-9. They will be without center Pau Gasol who will be shut down for the next two nights as he is experiences knee tendinitis. Gasol has been under scrutiny from players, fans and the media for his lethargic play and poor attitude about the changes the team has faced since Phil Jackson departed. He is trending for career lows in many offensive categories this season and his minutes could continue to be reduced if the sensitive big man doesn’t turn around fast. The Lakers are built to win now and management won’t wait much longer to see improvement from Gasol. What makes matters worse for LA is his trade value will be reduced because he has not looked good this season. LA will continue to be without point guards Steve Nash and Steve Blake. The veteran Blake just went under knife for abdominal surgery that could sideline him another two months. Nash has a fracturef leg and there is no return date set for the veteran point guard. LA has been terrible on the road as they enter play with a 1-4 record and allow 47% shooting. Houston has been on a roll at home as the team has piled up five straight wins since a three point loss to Miami on November 12th. During the Rockets past three home games they have averaged 124 points per game. Included in that span was a 131-103 win against the New York Knicks as a +4 point underdog. The Lakers are in the front end of a back to back as they must travel for a game in New Orleans on Wednesday night. Houston last played on Saturday night beating Utah at home and plays again on Friday night at San Antonio.

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