The Los Angeles Lakers (36-10) will be at home in the Staples Center when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers (21-27). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 230 points with Los Angeles opening as a 12.5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday, January 31, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers Free Preview
The Trail Blazers were victorious over the Houston Rockets in their last game, 125-112, despite being 5-point underdogs. With 36 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, Damian Lillard led the way for Portland with his zeroth triple-double of the season. Portland dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.225 (above their season average of 0.195) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (above their season average of 22.1). For those same stats, Houston put up marks of 0.160 and 18.4, respectively. The two teams combined to score 237 points, which finished under the projected point total of 243.
The last time the Lakers played, they were 5-point favorites and lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 108-91. Anthony Davis was the game’s leading scorer with 31 points on 13-for-22 shooting. Philadelphia held the Lakers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.4 (below their season average of 24.6). Los Angeles, on the other hand, had a free throw rate of 0.197 (above their season average of 0.195). The two clubs collectively scored 199 points, which finished well under the projected point total of 217.5.
These two teams have already met twice this season, with the Lakers winning both. LeBron James had 21 points, 16 assists and seven rebounds in the most recent game, in which the Lakers beat the Trail Blazers 128-120, covering as 5-point favorites. The two teams combined for 248 points, which was 24 points above the projected point total of 224 points. The Lakers dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinarily low turnover percentage of 8.0 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.8. For those same stats, the Trail Blazers were 14.0 and 21.4, respectively.
Of Portland’s 48 games, 24 have finished over the projected point total, while 24 of Los Angeles’ 46 games have finished under the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Lakers have a sizable advantage. They are 36-10 SU and 24-21-1 ATS, while the Trail Blazers are 21-27 SU and 18-28-2 ATS.
Los Angeles could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their high-octane offense goes up against one of the NBA’s worst defenses. The Lakers rank fourth in offensive efficiency, while Portland ranks 24th in defensive efficiency. Furthermore, the Trail Blazers rank fifth in turnover percentage (12.3 percent), while the Lakers rank third in opponents’ turnover percentage (14.7 percent).
Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers Betting Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Lakers, ATS Winner – Trail Blazers, O/U – Over
The Lakers rank second in points in the paint per game (53.2) while the Trail Blazers rank 27th (43.8).
Los Angeles averages 7.1 blocks per game, which ranks first in the NBA. Portland ranks 19th in blocks allowed per game (5.2).
Los Angeles averages 14.5 second chance points per game, which ranks fifth in the league. Portland ranks last in second chance points allowed per game (15.5).
Los Angeles ranks 11th in three pointers allowed per game (32.9) while Portland ranks 25th (35.2).
Los Angeles is 11-9-1 ATS at home, while Portland is 10-14-1 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 12 of the Lakers’ 21 home games, while 14 of the Trail Blazers’ 25 road games have gone under.
In games where they hold opponents under 100 points, Los Angeles is 15-0 and Portland is 4-0.
The Trail Blazers are 21-21 when they score above 100 points, while the Lakers are 32-9.
The Lakers rank seventh in assists per game (25.8) while the Trail Blazers rank last (19.9).
Los Angeles ranks third in steals per game (8.6) while Portland ranks last (5.8).
The Lakers rank third in points off turnovers per game (19.0) while the Trail Blazers rank 29th (13.5).
The Lakers average 18.0 fast break points per game, which ranks second in the league. The Trail Blazers rank 19th in fast break points allowed per game (13.6).
Los Angeles ranks third in rebounds allowed per game (42.4) while Portland ranks 29th (47.8).
Los Angeles is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Across its last five games, Portland is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Lakers have been outscored by an average of 3.4 points in their last five games. For the season, Los Angeles has defeated opponents by an average of 7.3 points.
During their last five games, the Trail Blazers have scored an average of 124.8 points per game (11.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 123.4 points per game (8.6 above their season average).