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(33-38) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (21-51)
Sunday NBA features a matchup between two teams with completely opposite goals at this point in the season.
The Portland Trail Blazers are doing everything in their power to make the postseason. They made a deal at the deadline to bring in a younger, more physical center, and the backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McColum remains as explosive as ever.
The Los Angeles Lakers, on the other hand, have thrown in the towel and are doing anything they can to protect their draft pick (which goes to the Philadelphia 76ers if it falls outside the top three).
The team has benched veterans Timmofey Mozgov and Luol Deng for the year and is trying to figure out which youngsters could stick around long-term and which rotations will be best to utilize next season.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 2:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland enters this contest as the No. 9 team out West. Their overall record of 33-38 puts them 1.5 games behind the Denver Nuggets, meaning every win holds a ton of weight at this point in the process.
Simply put: Losing to the worst team in the Western Conference would be unacceptable.
Lillard is on a mission to get this team to the postseason single-handedly if needed. He’s putting the Blazers on his shoulders and taking over games with 30-point outbursts every time he takes the court.
Along with Lillard, Nurkic has the potential to put together a huge performance in this one. The Lakers’ inside game is atrocious and there’s little reason to believe anyone on the roster has what it takes to slow down the Bosnian Beast at this point in his revitalized portion of the season.
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles likes what it has in terms of its young core. D’Angelo Russell is starting to come together like a star of the future, Brandon Ingram, while still raw, has the skill set to be an All-Star forward, and Julius Randle may be the best of the bunch at the power forward.
The problem, of course, is winning now. But in reality, this is a good thing with the Lakers in draft-protection mode.
Against the Blazers, keeping it close will be a nice moral victory for a team that doesn’t want wins. That will be easier said than done, however.
Forcing Lillard into tough looks and a poor shooting percentage will be crucial in making that happen.
Which again, is easier said than done these days.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Trail Blazers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games
- Lakers are 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
- Lakers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
The line hasn’t been set for this contest as of this writing, but there’s little reason to believe the Lakers will keep this one close. The idea that they won’t win another game this season isn’t completely unrealistic, and Portland is in desperation mode to get into the playoffs.
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Combine that with the fact that Lillard is on a mission and Nurkic should have a field day against L.A.’s frontcourt and this one should be a blowout.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 115 – Los Angeles Lakers 98
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