Portland Trail Blazers vs LA Lakers Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Portland Trail Blazers clawed their way back into playoff contention by beating the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth seed.
- The Los Angeles Lakers went 3-5 in the NBA’s bubble schedule.
- The Lakers won the season series against the Blazers 2-1.
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Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+6 -110||O 229.5 –112||+205|
|Los Angeles Lakers||-6 -110||U 229.5 -109||-250|
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Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions and Picks
These two fast-paced teams always go in for an exciting, high-scoring match. Despite momentum being on the side of the Blazers, the Lakers’ stars just don’t seem to fade in big matches.
Los Angeles Lakers def. Portland Trail Blazers -250
Lakers -6 -110
Over 229.5 -109
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||Tuesday, August 18th, 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)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Lillard (30.0)||PPG||A. Davis (26.1)|
|H. Whiteside (13.5)||RPG||A. Davis (9.3)|
|D. Lillard (8.0)||APG||L. James (10.2)|
|T. Ariza (1.6)||SPG||A. Davis (1.5)|
|H. Whiteside (2.9)||BPG||A. Davis (2.3)|
|H. Whiteside (.621)/D. Lillard (9.5)||FG%/FGM||D. Howard (.729)/L. James (9.6)|
|R. Hood (.493)/D. Lillard (4.1)||3P%/3PM||J. Dudley (.429)/L. James (2.2)|
Portland’s Defensive Issues Aren’t Solved
Sure, the Portland Trail Blazers won their way to the NBA Playoffs by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA’s Play-In Tournament. But that victory only gave them a spot at the start line, where they are still suffering the issues that plagued them all season.
The Blazers were ranked 27th overall in defensive rating during the regular season and then jumped to 20th overall in the bubble – partially aided by the fact that there were eight teams missing from the resumed schedule.
Portland allows teams to score 116.2 points per game, showcasing a leaky defense ripe for exploitation by the offensively struggling Lakers. It’s too late in their careers to ask Lillard and McCollum to start locking up players on defense, but solving their issues on the perimeter would be their first step toward upsetting the Lakers.
Can Showtime Make a Comeback?
Most teams led by LeBron James are fast-paced and versatile scoring the ball at any position. However, with the season restart, the Lakers have struggled to put the ball in the net.
Since the schedule resumed, the Lakers are averaging 106.4 points per game (22nd of 22) on 43.8% shooting (19th of 22) and 30.3% from three (22nd of 22).
Compared to before the break where they were seventh in points per game and first in field goal percentage, the Lakers look dull. We all know LeBron James’ best performances come in the playoffs, so his playmaking ability will be the first step to bringing the Lakers back to form.
Trail Blazers Key Player: (G) Damian Lillard
IT. IS. DAME. TIME. ⌚️
61 PTS for Damian Lillard. pic.twitter.com/5kMoBoXnoa
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 12, 2020
The Portland Trail Blazers are Damian Lillard. Without Lillard at the helm Portland would have likely been watching Phoenix and Memphis duke it out for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
But Lillard has led his team back to the playoffs by the skin of their teeth. During the resumed schedule, Lillard averaged 37.6 points and 9.6 assists per game on 49.7% shooting from the field and 43.6% from deep.
There’s no secret to the Blazers’ game plan, get it to Lillard and watch the magic occur. He was Portland’s sole hope to make the playoffs and after posting point totals of 40-plus, 50-plus, and even 60-plus during his last eight games, Lillard just may be able to give even the Lakers a run for their money.
Lakers Key Player: (F) Anthony Davis
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) August 11, 2020
LeBron James may be driving the Lakers, but Anthony Davis is the leagues best second-in-command. After an up and down bubble schedule, Davis’ play proved that he will be crucial if the Lakers want to take down the Blazers.
Davis put up modest numbers in the restart, averaging 21.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks and steals per game. His shooting was shaky at 42.2% and 29.2%, but the main issue is his aggressiveness.
While he is the linchpin for LA’s defence, Davis must score for the Lakers to succeed. In five out of seven bubble matches, Davis took less than his season average of 17 field goal attempts. With a collection of capable rim protectors on Portland’s side, Davis must be focus as a scorer to ease the burden on James and create opportunities for his teammates.
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