Los Angeles Lakers (3-5 ) vs Portland Trail Blazers (6-2 )Date : 11/03/2018
Time : 10:00 PM ET
Location : Moda Centre
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers will welcome the Lakers to Moda Centre they will be meeting for the second time this season in their first meeting the Blazers were able to win at home. The Blazers are coming off a blowout victory against the Pelicans while the Lakers were able to edge out a win against the Nuggets. Game tips off at 10:00 PM ET.
Los Angeles Lakers's Latest Performance :
The Lakers are coming off a narrow victory over the Mavericks. They almost allowed Dallas to crawl back into the game but in the end, LeBron won the game from the free throw line. As the Lakers play more together and become comfortable with the system, in general, they should be able to close out games as they had in Dallas so the starters can have their scheduled rest in the 4th. The Lakers admit that they have a problem to fix so it is a great sign that they are working hard to cover up their mistakes. Lonzo Ball was efficient in 33 minutes on Wednesday with 12 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and three 3-pointers. I expect him to log up more minutes as the season progresses it will be very interesting to see how he locks up Lillard on the defensive end. Ball has a great potential to become one of the elite guard defenders in the league.
Portland Trail Blazers's Latest Performance :
The Blazers are coming off a blowout victory against the Pelicans who were playing without Anthony Davis in their last time out. It was a great win for the Blazers after the Pelicans swept them in the playoffs last season. Leading the way for the Blazers was Damian Lillard, he scored 26 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, and four 3-pointers. Jusuf Nurkic chipped in with 20 points in the win he didn’t have to do much defensively as Anthony Davis. While Zach Collins is coming on, Nurkic is doing just fine in the first unit. Evan Turner continues to be a major factor in the second unit and is among the leaders for a time of possession among second-unit wings in the NBA he finished the game with 14 points off the bench. Playing against the Lakers I expect Lillard to have a good game as he dropped 28 points in the first meeting. The Blazers must find a way to contain LeBron because he is starting to look comfortable in a Lakers uniform.
How Los Angeles Lakers & Portland Trail Blazers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Trail Blazers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Pacific.
Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference.
Against The Spread Selection: Los Angeles Lakers
My reason for the pick :
The Lakers will get their revenge and take down the Blazers on the road, LeBron will have a great game as usual but Lonzo will be the difference maker in this game as he will do a good job containing Lillard on the perimeter making it hard for Lillard to have a good look for three. It is just a matter of time that Luke will figure out the best starting five for the Lakers to close out games. For the Blazers they will have a good game and this game is expected to go down to the wire look for the Blazers to settle for threes instead of attacking the paint against the Lakers.
The Lakers to win on the road against Portland.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Lakers:
- Lakers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
Betting trends for Portland Trail Blazers:
- Trail Blazers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.