Looking to win big? The Lakers and Trail Blazers face off at 10:00 ET on ROOT. The Trail Blazers are hosting the game at Moda Center in Portland, OR. The Lakers come into this Western conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 223 points.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -7.5
This game will be played at Moda Center at 10:00 ET on Friday, November 17th.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 110-101 in favor of the Lakers.
- Our projections have LeBron James finishing with LeBron James points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Lakers finishing with a field goal percentage of 50.0% and knocking down 11 threes.
Will the Lakers Defense Show Up on the Road?
In their upcoming game against the Trail Blazers, the Lakers can move above .500 with a win, as they are currently 6-6. So far, the Lakers have gone 5-4 when playing against Western Conference teams and 1-2 in non-conference contests.
So far, Los Angeles is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 4-8. During this season, Los Angeles has a 2-5 record against the spread as favorites and 2-3 as underdogs.
Coming off their recent game, the Lakers offense tallied 110 points in a matchup against the Kings. Their field goal percentage for the game was 50.6%, and they made 11 threes. So far, three-pointers haven’t been a huge part of Los Angeles’ offense, as they average just 29.4 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is 48% while averaging 101.7 possessions per contest.
The Lakers’ defense is presently ranked 22nd in the league, allowing an average of 115.9 points per contest.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Lakers are forcing 14.4 per game, which is 20th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 1st in blocked shots at 6.8 per game.
Can the Trail Blazers Offense Score Enough at Home?
Getting ready to face the Lakers, the Trail Blazers hold an overall record of 3-8 and need a win to break their five game losing streak. On the road this season, the Trail Blazers have posted a 2-5 record, whereas they have a 1-3 record at home.
Portland currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 5-6 at this point. In their last two home games, Portland has been unable to cover the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 1-3 at home compared to 4-3 on the road.
The Trail Blazers offense is coming off a game in which they scored 95 points vs. the Cavaliers. Overall their field goal percentage was 37.4% while connecting on 13 threes. On offense, Trail Blazers has been struggling with their efficiency, coming into today’s game with a field goal percentgage of 43%. So far, they are 17th in free-throws made on a free throw shooting percentage of 79%.
Currently, the Trail Blazers’ defense holds the 11th rank in the NBA, allowing 111.7 points per game.
Most recently, the Trail Blazers’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 109 points to the Cavaliers.