Free NBA Pick: Lakers vs Trail Blazers NBA Odds
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Date: Thursday October 18
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Trail Blazers -3
NBA Betting Total: 222
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This will be the first game for both teams. No team was more buzzworthy this offseason than the Lakers who are hoping that the addition of LeBron James ramps up their development. There is really no reason it shouldn’t as the King is the King.
Portland still has one of the backcourts in the NBA an they have guys who could be relatively effective on defense against LeBron. They still look like a playoff team to me.
Los Angeles Lakers
The fact that LeBron left Cleveland was not a surprise but I did not see him landing in Los Angeles. I am not sure how this experiment is going to work out. Of course he makes them better and he is indestructible but it might not be enough.
One player who should benefit a lot is Kyle Kuzma. He had a tremendous rookie season and the attention that LeBron commands will enable him to slip under the radar again. He is really good though.
The two make up a nice forward combination but the backcourt of Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram is not a winning duo for me. Neither shoots it that well and that is tough when it is coming from those perimeter spots. Ball is not useless but he is not Jason Kidd yet either.
In addition to LeBron the Lakers also acquireed a bunch of lottery tickets this season. Guys like Rajon Rondo and Michael Beasley might play more than you think especially if James thinks they give the team the best chance to win now.
This is just game one and the Lakers seem like far from a finished product. They might looks good at some point in the season but probably not in the opener.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers combo of Damian Lilllard and CJ McCollum is one of the most productive in the league. That seems unlikely to change and the rest of the team seems to fit around them. This team is not elite but at the same time they know who they are and that counts for something.
Up front it is all about Jusuf Nurkic. He is underrated but is super productive and fits in really well with the guards above. The Lakers do not have anyone who can really make it difficult for him or match that production.
Portland is just a small favourite in this one and that surprises me. All of the bets are coming in on the Lakers and that is likely to be an early trend. In this spot I think the way to play is with Portland who has way more continuity. In hoops that matters a lot.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
- Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games.
- Lakers are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points
- Trail Blazers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The first week of the season is always interesting. Per the above I think it favours the teams that have not changed a ton. Portland fits that model.
Further, the Lakers are going to be an interesting case because they are always going to draw a lot of public action.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Trail Blazers -3
This number looks like a gift to me. Its the home opener and you have the home team as the better team and only have to win by a bucket.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland 111 – Los Angeles 100
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