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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1 (Orlando)
(1-1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (1-1)
Date: Saturday, August, 22th 2020
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – AdventHealth Arena| ESPN Complex
NBA Moneyline Odds: Blazers +235 | Lakers -285
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers +7 | Lakers -7
NBA Betting Total: 225
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Well that game two was definitely different from game one. The series is not tied and tilted.
Portland has completely lost the momentum they had from a nice game one performance. Will they be able to get it back?
Game three used to mean some travel and change of venue to being in front of your home crowd. Portland could really use that for this one.
Los Angeles Lakers
For the first time since the restart the Lakers actually looked like a possible championship team. Now they have to continue playing that way.
The key was Anthony Davis remembering that he is an agile 7 footer and that his advantages are closer to the hoop not further away.
Davis led the way with 31 but nobody else scored more than 16 points. LeBron James might have had his most quiet playoff game in history.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the second leading scorer with those 16 points. A sentence that I do not think has been written since he got to L.A.
Nobody played heavy minutes in the win and there was the day off so I think the Lakers are primed to play well again.
Portland Trail Blazers
Needless to say game two was not a good look for the Blazers. They just seemed lifeless and wanted to put that one behind them as quick as they could.
A bad game is not the end of the world in the playoffs but you do have to respond quickly, and in this case without the benefit of the Moda Center.
Damian Lillard has been awesome in the bubble but he just didn’t have it for this one. Ditto for CJ McCollum and Carmelo Anthony, who made just one field goal.
If Dame responds that might be enough but more than anything they need to find someone or a strategy for guarding Davis.
I have not lost hope but Portland needs their stars to play like them. They also need to get off to a good start.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 10-3 in LAL last 13 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Under is 9-4 in LAL last 13 overall.
- Over is 8-3 in POR last 11 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Over is 21-8 in POR last 29 vs. Western Conference.
- POR are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 vs. NBA Pacific.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
This one is likely to be won or lost in the first quarter by Portland. They need to come out strong.
Off the win the spread here is larger than it was for either game one or game two. I suppose that makes sense, especially with no travel etc.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers +7
I am just not ready to give up on Portland and Dame. This one will partly be about what coach Stotts has them ready for though.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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