With both teams being tied 1-1 wins in this Western conference first rounder, the Lakers are once again facing the Blazers. Lakers were dominating in game two and took advantage of Lillard’s injury. They got away with an easy 23-point win, ending a previous 2-game skid. On the other hand, Blazers saw a lengthy winning streak getting snapped. Damian Lillard will be available to play tonight.
Date/Time: 08-22-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers +8 Total: +223.5
Blazers finished the regular season with a 35-39 record (32-39-3 ATS). They were 8th in the West. In their last game they saw a 5-game winning streak end. They lost against the Lakers in Game 2, 88-111. They were a +7 underdog and failed to cover the handicap.
Damian Lillard with leads the team in scoring 26 ppg, but dishes just 3 assists per game in the two playoff games so far.
Lakers finished the regular season with a 52-19 record (36-34-1 ATS). They had the best record in the West. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak. They won against the Blazers, 111-88. They were a -7 favorite covered the spread with ease.
Anthony Davis leads the team in scoring with 29.5 ppg, adding 11 rebounds per game. LeBron James follows with just 16.5 ppg, but leads the team both in rebounding (11.5) and in assists (11.5).
LA leads Portland 3-2 wins this season.
Blazers are better offensively (114.6 to 113.1). Lakers are better defensively (107.3 to 115.8).
LA is better in accuracy from the field (47.8% to 46.1%), in rebounding (45.9 to 45.2) and in assists made (25.4 to 20.5).
On the other hand, Portland has a better accuracy from behind the arc (37.6% to 34.6%) and are better in turnovers committed (12.9 to 15.1).
Bookmakers give the Lakers a -8 spread and expect them to beat the odds. Lillard will play through an injury and Blazers don’t stand a chance like that.
Lakers vs Blazers Game 3 Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -8 (-108)