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2020 NBA Handicapping
(1-1) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (2-1)
Date: Monday, December 28
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers +4.5 | Lakers -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 228.5
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Monday finds the Portland Trail Blazers facing the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time this season.
The Los Angeles Lakers hold the all-time edge versus the Blazers winning 122 of 230 contests. Last season the teams played three times with LA taking two and knocked Portland out of the playoffs in five games.
Portland Trail Blazers
While this Blazers squad has bolstered their depth, through two games it’s clear this group is still figuring out the kinks, particularly on the defensive side of the floor.
That the Blazers allowed the Rockets to stay in a match and force overtime while missing four core contributors (and eight overall) speaks to the need for Portland to tighten up defensely.
Damian Lillard is still rounding into form although he delivered a 32 point, nine assist, five rebound effort versus Houston.
His backcourt partner CJ McCollum had no offensive issues leading the Blazers with 44 points and eight assists. Jusuf Nurkic registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds while Enes Kanter scored 10 points as the only other double-figure contributor.
Two notable players are Robert Covington who is integrating into a new system and Rodney Hood who is returning from the Achilles injury.
Los Angeles Lakers
Despite the one loss to the Clippers the defending champions have looked strong through their initial three games. In particular the offense is markedly improved.
The addition of two of the three Sixth Man from last season. Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell afford Frank Vogel reserve scoring options the team lacked last season.
But with those offensive positives the Lakers aren’t as strong defensively although those shortcomings may improve as the new players integrate.
Their most recent game was a better mix on both sides of the court although it’s noteworthy Karl-Anthony Towns didn’t play for the Wolves due to a dislocated wrist.
The Lakers were also without a superstar as Anthony Davis sat out with a bruised calf. Kyle Kuzma started in his place delivering 20 points. LeBron James offered 18 points.
Marc Gasol had arguably his best performance since joining the club with 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in a mere 21 minutes.
Harrell (12), Schroder (11) and Talen Horton-Tucker (12) were the other double-figure contributors in a match that witnessed 14 Lakers players get minutes.
Davis’ status for the Monday match is listed as questionable.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-2 in POR last 10 road games
- Over is 6-2 in LAL last 8 vs. NBA Northwest
- Road team is 23-8 ATS in the last 31 meetings.
- POR are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
The Blazers will have extra motivation to win this match given the postseason but will need to clean up things defenisvely to get the victory.
In the first back-to-back set of the season for the Lakers the question is whether the franchise will utilize load management.
For example, could LA sit LeBron and play Davis in this contest? There is no report to that effect but it wouldn’t be a suprising move.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers +4.5
It feels like Damian Lillard is due for ‘one of those’ games. I’m also taking the calculated guess the Lakers will sit one of their stars.
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