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2019-2020 NBA Regular Season
(20-27) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (36-10)
Date: Friday, January 31st
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Lakers -1150
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -13
NBA Betting Total: 230
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This is the first game at the Staples Center since the death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. Emotions will be high and the Lakers will want to pay tribute to one of their greats.
Look to Lebron James to dedicate a big performance to one of his idols. The Trail Blazer players will want to come out swinging as well but from a basketball standpoint they don’t match up well with the Lakers.
In the two games they played this season, the Lakers won both easily. Both games were played in Portland.
The Lakers will be gunning for a win and they are by far a better basketball team than the Trail Blazers.
Los Angeles Lakers
The city of Los Angeles and the Lakers organization are in mourning. Winning this game will not fill the void of losing one of the league’s legends.
Winning this game, however, will be a fitting send-off and tribute to Bryant. Lebron James and Bryant’s former teammate Dwight Howard will want to have strong showings.
The Lakers are an all-round better team than the Trail Blazers. In their last meeting with the Blazers, the Lakers had a balanced performance and had great help from their bench.
Defensively the Lakers will need to keep Damian Lillard clamped down. He will be looking to have a big game. Another player that could have a big game is Carmelo Anthony.
On the boards, Hassan Whiteside is a beast but the Lakers depth in their frontcourt should wear him down as the game goes on.
Lakers are huge favorites to win this one.
Portland Trail Blazers
Lillard has a huge game against the Lakers in their last meeting. He scored 31 points and has 9 assists. He will need another huge game if the Trail Blazers are to beat the Lakers.
CJ McCollum had a decent game the last outing scoring 18 points. He and Lillard will need to bring the game to the Lakers backcourt and dictate the pace of the game.
They will face problems if James switches to point guard sometime in the game. Their frontcourt is great at rebounding but the Lakers frontcourt is too deep and talented for them to keep up.
Anthony will be a wildcard during this game. He will also want to have a big showing in the wake of Bryant’s death.
If the Blazers make it a shootout they have a chance, but the Lakers defense just like in their previous meetings will clamp down on them.
If the Lakers frontcourt controls the boards it will limit the Blazers to settle for jump shots. That will not bode well for them.
NBA Betting Trends
- Portland are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games.
- Portland are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against LA Lakers.
- Portland are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games on the road.
- LA Lakers are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games.
- LA Lakers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home.
- LA Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Northwest division.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction: Lakers
They have a better team and will want to win this one for Kobe Bryant
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Lakers
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