The Blazers (35-39), after completing the ultimate comeback, will be facing the Lakers (52-19) in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Blazers went to Orlando as 9th in the West, but managed to climb to the 8th place and participate in the postseason. They have lost only once in their last seven matches. LA has won once in their last five.
Date/Time: 08-13-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -6.5 Total: +233
Lakers finished the regular season with a 52-19 record (36-34-1 ATS). They were placed first in the West. They are 1-4 in their last 5 games. In their last game they lost against the Kings, 122-136. They were a -3.5 favorite and failed to cover the spread.
Anthony Davis leads the team both in scoring with 26.1 ppg and in rebounding with 9.3. LeBron James follows with 25.3 ppg, 7.8 rebounds and a league-best 10.2 assists per game.
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Blazers finished the regular season with a 35-39 record (32-39-3 ATS). They were 6-2 in Orlando and were placed 8th in the West. They are 6-1 in their last 7 games and in their last game they won against the Grizzlies in the play-in tournament, 126-122. They failed to cover the -6 handicap.
Damian Lillard with leads the team both in scoring 30 ppg and in assists made with 8.1. CJ McCollum adds 22.3 ppg, 4.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
LA leads Portland 2-1 wins this season.
They have won twice on the road by an average of 14 points.
Blazers are better offensively (115.1 to 113.4), while Lakers are better defensively (107.6 to 116.2).
Lakers have a better FG% (48% to 46.2%), while Blazers have a better 3pt% (37.7% to 34.9%).
LA is better both in rebounding (45.7 to 45.2) and in assists made (25.4 to 20.6).
On the other hand, Blazers commit fewer turnovers (12.8 to 15.2).
Bookmakers give the Lakers a -6.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. Blazers are as hot as it gets and will surely force a closer game than that.
Blazers vs Lakers Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers +6.5 (-110)
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