Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Game 2 Predictions, Odds & Picks

Blazers vs Lakers Game 2

  • The Los Angeles Lakers have now lost four of their last five matches.
  • The Portland Trail Blazers are now undefeated in their last five games.
  • Lillard led all scorers in Game 1 with 34 points.

Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

TeamPoint SpreadTotalMoney Line
Portland Trail Blazers+6.5 -110O 229.5 -108+225
Los Angeles Lakers-6.5 -110U 229.5 -113 -278

 

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions and Picks

The Portland Trail Blazers pulled off quite the upset in Game 1, but they weren’t without their own faults. We expect the Lakers to bounce back from a dreadful shooting night with a clear victory.

Picks:

Los Angeles Lakers def. Portland Trail Blazers   -278

Los Angeles -6.5 -110

Under 229.5 -108

How to Watch Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers

Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Information
WhatPortland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers
WhereESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL
WhenThursday, August 20th, 2020; 9:00 PM EST
How to Watch/ListenWatch on ESPN+ here!

Head-to-Head: Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers

Portland Trail BlazersHead-to-HeadLos Angeles Lakers
Terry StottsHead CoachFrank Vogel
35-39 (8th in West, 15th Overall)Standing52-19 (1st in West, 3rd Overall)
W-W-W-WFormL-L-W-L
113.8 (3rd of 30)Off Rtg112.0 (11th of 30)
114.8 (28th of 30)Def Rtg106.3 (3rd of 30)
100.8 (13th of 30)Pace100.9 (11th of 30)

Playoff Leaders (Per Game)

D. Lillard (34.0)PPGA. Davis (28.0)
J. Nurkic (15.0)RPGL. James (17.0)
T-Anthony, Lillard (5.0)APGL. James (16.0)
T-Anthony, McCollum, Hezonja (1.0)SPGT-Caruso, Caldwell-Pope (3.0)
H. Whiteside (5.0)BPGA. Davis (2.0)
W. Gabriel (1.00)/D. Lillard (9.0)FG%/FGMM. Morris (1.00)/L. James (9.0)
J. Nurkic (.500)/D. Lillard (6.0)3P%/3PMM. Morris (1.00)/D. Green (2.0)

Portland Need to Prepare for a Roaring Lakers Attack

The Portland Trail Blazers are an interesting team. While they’re not incredibly effective straight up on defense, they are good at funneling players to their shot blockers in the paint.

While the Blazers held the Lakers to just 15.6% shooting from three, they also allowed 32 attempts – many of which were good open looks. The Blazers are dancing on a tight rope, keeping balance only because of Damian Lillard’s scoring ability.

The Blazers’ offensive ability is well known, but if they don’t tighten up defensively they won’t survive an average shooting night from the Lakers. While Los Angeles is in poor form, it’d be foolish for the Blazers to think they’ll be able to hold the Lakers to such a poor shooting percentage again.

LeBron James is on an Island

He may be the best player in the world, but LeBron James needs help as much as anyone else in the NBA. In the Lakers’ most recent 93-100 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, James looked all-alone out on the court.

Yes, Anthony Davis scored 28 points, but it was on eight of 24 shooting from the field. James did his utmost on the court in Game 1, dishing out 16 assists on the Lakers’ 34 field goals.

Simply put, the Lakers need production. James’ supporting cast looked weak last time out, which spells concern for Game 2. In the defining years of James’ career, the 35-year-old forward needs more help than ever before.

Lakers Key Player: (G) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope


If you didn’t know that KCP played in Game 1, you’d be forgiven for not realizing it. While he contributed his hustle on the defensive side of the ball, KCP rewarded LeBron James’ playmaking wizardry with a terrible shooting night.

Caldwell-Pope failed to make a single field goal in Game 1, going zero of nine from the field and zero of five from deep.

He’ll have a short leash in Game 2, as there are a number of willing shooters like Dion Waiters, J.R. Smith, and Quinn Cook waiting on the Lakers bench for an opportunity. Down 0-1 against the eighth seed, KCP must make an immediate impact.

Trail Blazers Key Player: (C) Jusuf Nurkic


Playing with a heavy heart, Jusuf Nurkic is putting up some of the best performances of his career. While not a versatile offensive option, the Bosnian commanded the paint in Game 1.

Nurkic may have shot just four of 11 from the field in Game 1, but he had 15 rebounds while having to compete with both of the Lakers’ frontcourt players.

Terry Stotts is countering the Lakers’ speed by going with a smaller lineup, Nurkic being the only true big man for Portland. So long as he can stay out of foul trouble, Nurkic is a game-changer when he is on the court for Portland.

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