Blazers vs. Lakers NBA Prediction
The second game of Friday night’s NBA double header takes place at STAPLES Center where the Lakers will host the Trail Blazers at 10:00 p.m. ET. Will the struggling Lakers cover as a 5.5-point favorite or are the Blazers the better bet as a road dog?
545 Portland Trail Blazers (+5.5) at 546 Los Angeles Lakers (-5.5); o/u 222
10:00 p.m. ET, Friday, February 26, 2021
Venue: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Portland Trail Blazers DFS Spin
C.J. McCollum (foot), who is scheduled for a re-evaluation on March 2nd, doesn't appear close to a return according to coach Terry Stotts. “He’s not doing much,” Stotts said. “Whatever you’ve seen him do on social media is about all that he is doing. The rehab is going well, they are pleased with the way the foot is healing, but there is really not much more to it than that. I mean, he’s not running, stationary shooting. He needs to let it run its course.” This is a buzzkill for Portland fans and fantasy managers, but hopefully we get a better idea of a target date on March 2nd. In the meantime, Gary Trent Jr. will continue lighting up fantasy leagues and Derrick Jones Jr. has emerged as a sneaky pickup too for his defensive upside.
Los Angeles Lakers DFS Spin
LeBron James netted 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting (4-of-5 FT) Wednesday, to go with four rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and four turnovers across 28 minutes in a blowout loss to the Jazz. The Lakers have now lost five of their past six games, and they're currently riding a four-game losing streak. James didn't get much help from his teammates tonight, with Markieff Morris (12) and Montrezl Harrell (16) being the only other players to crack double figures in the scoring department, and as a team, L.A. shot just 40% from the field. They had a tough matchup tonight against the No. 1 seed out West, but maybe they'll be able to right the ship on Friday vs. Portland.
Trail Blazers vs. Lakers Betting Prediction
The Trail Blazers are 22-8 against the spread in their last 30 meetings with the Lakers in L.A. They’re also 6-1 against the number in their last seven games as an underdog, are 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games and are 7-2 at the betting window in their last nine games overall. The Lakers, meanwhile, are just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven home games, are winless at the betting window in their last four games overall and are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous contest.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS +5.5