Lakers vs. Trail Blazers Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Trail Blazers are listed as a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 211 points.
The Lakers enter with a 3-4 record after a 113-93 home win over the Pistons. Portland is 4-4 following a 112-103 overtime defeat at the Jazz. The Trail Blazers won all four meetings straight up last season and covered the spread three times. The total went under in three of the four games.
Los Angeles was paced by Julius Randle with 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench in the win over the Pistons. Kyle Kuzma contributed 16 points, six rebounds and three assists off the bench. Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. Brandon Ingram accounted for 13 points, six assists, five boards and four steals. Lonzo Ball had 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 13 points, six rebounds and two assists against his former team. The Lakers led 58-45 at halftime and outscored Detroit in every quarter.
Damian Lillard put in 33 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the loss at Utah. CJ McCollum had 16 points and 10 boards. Jusuf Nurkic recorded 19 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. The Trail Blazers were outscored 18-9 in overtime.
The Lakers are 16-42 ATS in the last 58 meetings overall and 8-22 ATS in the last 30 meetings in Portland. The under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Blazers are on a back-to-back and without one of their top defensive players in Al-Farouq Aminu, who left Wednesday's game with a sprained ankle and was seen in a walking boot. He'll almost certainly be out for this contest. Both squads are capable of getting into shootouts and 211 points for this nationally televised game seems a touch low. Go with the over in this spot.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: LAKERS/TRAIL BLAZERS OVER 211