Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Game 4 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- After going up 1-0 after Game 1, the Trail Blazers have lost two consecutive matches.
- Portland has been losing by a margin of 10.5 in their last two losses.
- Anthony Davis leads all scorers with 29.3 points per game.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Los Angeles Lakers||-7.5 -110||O 224.5 -113||-315|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+7.5 -110||U 224.5 -108||+260|
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Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions and Picks
After winning Game 1, the Portland Trail Blazers seem to have awoken a sleeping giant. The Lakers have been excellent from the field and have found their three-point stroke. We expect Los Angeles to put Portland against the wall.
How to Watch Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers
|Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Information|
|What||Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Monday, August 24th, 2020; 9:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||TNT|
Head-to-Head: Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers
|Portland Trail Blazers||Head-to-Head||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Terry Stotts||Head Coach||Frank Vogel|
|35-39 (8th in West, 15th Overall)||Standing||52-19 (1st in West, 3rd Overall)|
|113.8 (3rd of 30)||Off Rtg||112.0 (11th of 30)|
|114.8 (28th of 30)||Def Rtg||106.3 (3rd of 30)|
|100.8 (13th of 30)||Pace||100.9 (11th of 30)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Lillard (28.7)||PPG||A. Davis (29.3)|
|J. Nurkic (9.7)||RPG||L. James (11.7)|
|D. Lillard (4.3)||APG||L. James (10.3)|
|C. Anthony (1.7)||SPG||T-Davis, Green, James (1.3)|
|H. Whiteside (3.0)||BPG||A. Davis (2.0)|
|H. Whiteside (.583)/C. McCollum (8.7)||FG%/FGM||J. McGee (.769)/A. Davis (10.3)|
|C. Anthony (.444)/D. Lillard (4.0)||3P%/3PM||K. Caldwell-Pope (.368)/K. Caldwell-Pope (2.3)|
The Blazers Need to Attack the Paint
While fans and teammates alike are in awe of Damian Lillard as he shoots over 40% outside of 30 feet, the Blazers need to simplify if they hope to get back in this series against the Lakers.
With the Lakers looking to bait the Blazers into bad shots, they need to attack the rim. Despite some strong shot blockers in Davis, McGee, and Howard, the Blazers have been able to either draw them out on switches or power through them with Nurkic.
Portland is shooting 3.7% from deep on 32 attempts per game, taking advantage in the paint could help bring this series level.
The Lakers Have Fallen Back on their Defence
It is no secret that the Lakers have struggled to find their offensive form since joining the NBA bubble in Orlando, but after a concerning Game 1 loss, the Lakers decided to move in another direction.
Los Angeles is a strong defensive team, led by one of the world’s most talented defenders in Anthony Davis. After allowing teams to shoot an average of 48% from the field during the NBA’s resumed schedule, they have found their footing against Portland.
The Blazers are shooting just 40.2% from the field against the Lakers, in large part due to their athletic guards and lengthy big men that can crowd the perimeter. While their shooting isn’t quite back to form, their defense has shown the capability to keep them competitive in tough stretches.
Trail Blazers Key Player: (C) Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside blocks Lebron James pic.twitter.com/KUSKFMHJ9C
— Vega (@iamvega1982) August 19, 2020
Hassan Whiteside is a talented center with a penchant for sending shots back in the direction they came from. While he’s not much of a scorer, his defensive contributions generally make up for the difference.
Whiteside is averaging seven points, eight rebounds, and three blocks per game so far in this series against the Lakers.
If the Blazers hope to win Game 3, Whiteside must be more aggressive in the paint. He is much too passive offensively for a player of his size or talent. Presenting another option to the scoring ability of Lillard and McCollum could bust this series wide open for Portland.
Lakers Key Player: (G) Danny Green
DANNY GREEN RISES FOR THE TIP-SLAM BEFORE HALF! #LakeShow
Watch Live: https://t.co/1CLa1lOwn6
— NBA (@NBA) November 18, 2019
Danny Green is a veteran three-and-D player that is invaluable to any team in the playoff race. While his defense is always reliable, his shooting has been off since the season returned.
Against the Portland Trail Blazers, Green is shooting 31.3% from deep and 30.8% from the floor. While he’s shown decent ability cutting to the basket or getting tip-ins, the two-time NBA Champions’ most valuable asset is his shooting.
It’s very simple with Green, the Lakers win when he shoots above 34.4% and they lose when he shoots below. He’ll generally find his points, but efficiency is crucial if he’ll be at the end of James/Davis kickouts.
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