Portland Trailblazers (10-3) vs Los Angeles Lakers (7-6)Date : 11/14/2018
Time : 10:30 pm EST
Location : Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Portland Trailblazers vs Los Angeles Lakers
The Portland Trailblazers will hit the road to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night at 10:30 pm EST at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Trailblazers have won four games in a row after edging past the Boston Celtics at home as they shot 45% from the field while holding the Celtics to 38% for the contest. They also outrebounded the visitors by a 55-42 margin as Damion Lillard led the team with 19 points along with 12 assists.
The Lakers won their third straight game as they picked up a 107-106 home victory over the Atlanta Hawks in the second game of a back to back after beating up on the Sacramento Kings on the road the night before. After two days rest for both teams, they look to extend their winning streaks when they grace the court on Wednesday night. The under is 7-0 amongst these teams in the last seven meetings at Staples center while the Blazers are 23-8 ATS in their last 31 meetings in Los Angeles.
Portland Trailblazers's Latest Performance :
The Trailblazers hit 14 of 36 three-point attempts in their last outing as Damien Lillard (19 points, 12 assists) along with Jusuf Nurkic (18 points, 17 rebounds) were the tip of the spear for their offensive attack. This has been the norm thus far in 2018 as Lillard leads the team in soring with 26 points while Nurkic pulling down 11 boards per game. Nukic also leads the team in field goal percentage with 52% from the year. In all, the team is certainly playing well at this point as their defense has also put in some productive work as they are allowing just 100 points per game in their last three games with the offense pumping in 111 points during this time. Nonetheless, Lillard is questionable for this game with a knee injury, which means that the team will certainly have to step up versus a tough Laker squad.
Los Angeles Lakers's Latest Performance :
The Lakers have finally begun to show some swag recently as they have buckled down on defense to allow teams to score just an average of 102 points per game in their last three games while the offense has pumped in an average of 108 points per game during this time. Of course, they have not been lighting things up on offense either yet they have certainly been able to make shots along with engineer some stops at critical momentum of the game recently. Versus Atlanta, the Lakers needed a LeBron James dunk with only 15 seconds remaining to dispose of the visitors in a game where both teams would go on runs throughout the game.
After a Vince Carter Dunk which made the score 106-105 followed up with several chances for the Lakers to take the lead, the home team finally capitalized with James being the recipient of a Kuzma miss as his score sealed the victory for Los Angeles. They now look to challenge a Portland team that is also on a high at this point in the season yet dropped a game to the Lakers on November 3rd by a 114-110 score. In the game, the Lakers shot over 50% on the floor while the Blazers ended the night shooting 42% from the flor while making only six of 35 three-point attempts.
How Portland Trailblazers & Los Angeles Lakers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Portland is 10-3 ATS while the OU is 6-7
Los Angeles is 4-9 ATS while the OU is 5-7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This matchup will be important for both teams, particularly Los Angeles, who wishes to keep their good fortune going regardless if that means that they will likely face Portland’s 2nd best lineup (if Lillard does not suit up). With that being the case, look for the Lakers to have a slight advantage going into the matchup. On the other hand, Nurkic has also been effective this year for the Blazers as CJ McCollum, averaging 21 points per game, can certainly light it up. It is for this reason that I expect this to be an up and down game throughout as both teams will certainly be competitive.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Los Angeles Lakers
My reason for the pick :
I will back the home team in this instance as I see LeBron James and company taking advantage of a possibly shorthanded team in the Blazers in this matchup as the game wears on. And while the road team possesses playmakers aside from Lillard, look for them to struggle without their starting point guard within the lineup. In all, look for the Lakers to grind out a win due to their ability to make critical shots along with obtain critical stops on the defensive end.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest as I believe that both teams will be returning to the court well rested after three days off. With that being the case, look for them to run in this game in which to speed up the pace of the game. It is through this philosophy that points will indeed be scored throughout the game. In all, look for there to be some points scored on both sides, with the advantage going to the home team in Los Angeles.
Betting trends for Portland Trailblazers:
- Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 5-0 in Trail Blazers last 5 overall.
- Under is 5-0 in Trail Blazers last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Lakers:
- Under is 6-0 in Lakers last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 5-0-1 in Lakers last 6 games following a straight up win.
- Under is 6-0-1 in Lakers last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.