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2021 NBA Handicapping
(37-28) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (36-29)
Date: Friday, May 7th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -5.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 220.5
On Friday, May 7th the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers will meet for the third and final time this season. In the initial meeting on December 28th, Portland won 115-108 and the Lakers won the February 26th contest 102-93.
This is the second meeting in two days between the teams with the Grizzlies winning on Friday 130-128.
Los Angeles Lakers
This isn’t where the defending champions expected to be with six games remaining in the regular season. Far from it. They are seeded sixth and have lost four of their last five games.
Their superstar LeBron James missed 20 games due to a high ankle sprain — returned to play two games and is back on the shelf. He didn’t play in the loss to the Clippers and won’t play in this game.
No doubt Lakers Nation collectively held their breath when Anthony Davis went down early in the match seemingly spraining his ankle. Although he stayed in the game it was short-lived as he exited but an update after the game stated it was back spasms that sent him out.
In addition to not having LeBron, the Lakers are without Dennis Schroder and won’t have him back for at least 10 days. They enter this match with an inspired Blazers squad equally intent on avoiding the play-in tournament.
Davis (back spasms), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle sprain), Marc Gasol (pinkie fracture), and Kyle Kuzma (thumb sprain) are dealing with injuries but are all expected to play Friday.
Talen Horton-Tucker (calf strain) missed the game Wednesday and is questionable for Friday.
James (ankle) and Jared Dudley (MCL tear) are out.
Portland Trail Blazers
Timing is everything and the Blazers are hitting their stride just when it matters most. The Blazers were hit repeatedly by injury and bad luck throughout this campaign but suddenly everything is clicking.
They are nearing a fully healthy roster with Zach Collins rehabbing and Norman Powell briefly sidelined with knee tendinopathy. More importantly, they are winning!
They enter Friday deadlocked with LA holding the sixth and seventh seeds with the winner of this match determining who holds the tiebreaker. And, ultimately that fact could determine who gets that coveted sixth seed to avoid the play-in tourney.
The Mavericks are a game up on both teams and also have an advantage as they lead the Southwest division which will take precedent as a tiebreaker.
In contrast to the Lakers, the Blazers have won five of their last six matches including impressive wins versus the Nets and Celtics. Damian Lillard is heating up in preparation for the postseason averaging 28.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.5 steals and shooting 48.3 percent on ten 3-pointers during this last six-game stretch.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Lakers are 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Lakers are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The Lakers need to be careful with Davis — they need him to win but can’t afford for him to injured simply to move up one spot. It’s much more important he reaches the postseason healthy and play one extra game than pushing him now and jeopardizing further issues.
Dame Time started six games ago — keep an eye on the Blazers as they could be the dark horse in the West.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers ATS
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