The Los Angeles Lakers (6-6) travel to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers (3-8) on Friday, November 17th. This game will be played at Moda Center in Moda Center and televised on ROOT. Both the Lakers and Trail Blazers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 10:00 ET.
The Lakers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
LeBron James led Los Angeles with 28 points against the Kings, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 50.6% in the game. D’Angelo Russell contributed 28 points, but Los Angeles lost the game 125-110.
Over the Lakers’ last five games, they are 3-2 and come in with an overall record of 6-6. This season, when playing on the road, the Lakers have a 1-5 record, while their record at home is 5-1.
Los Angeles’ ATS record sits below .500 (4-8). The Lakers maintain an ATS record of 2-4 on the road, while they have a 2-4 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Trail Blazers’ most recent game versus the Cavaliers saw Jerami Grant lead the Trail Blazers with 17 points while shooting 7/17 from the field. Duop Reath finished 2nd on the team with 16 points, but Portland ended the game with a 109-95 loss.
So far this season, the Trail Blazers has a record of 3-8, as they look to get closer to the .500 mark vs. the Lakers. On the road this season, the Trail Blazers have posted a 2-5 record, whereas they have a 1-3 record at home.
So far, Portland’s ATS record is below .500 at 5-6. The Trail Blazers maintain an ATS record of 4-3 on the road, while they have a 1-3 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
Through 12 games the Lakers are averaging 112.8 points per contest, placing them 16th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Lakers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.1 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 6th, with an average of 19.9 made free-throws per game.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
Through 11 games games, Portland is averaging 104.7 points per game (30th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Trail Blazers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.8 per contest. Right now, the Trail Blazers offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 30th in effective field goal percentage.
Lakers Team Defense
As they prepare for the upcoming game, the Lakers is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 115.9 points per game (22nd).
Opponents are hitting 52.6% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.3% of their three-point attempts.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
The Trail Blazers’ defense is presently ranked 11th in the league, allowing an average of 111.7 points per contest.
The Portland defense has allowed opponents to shoot 31.9% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 48.0% of their field goal attempts vs. Portland.
Key Players For The Lakers And Trail Blazers
Our projections for today’s game indicate that LeBron James will be the primary scorer for the Lakers, with 20 points and going 8/13 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 24.6 points per game, along with 8.6 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Jerami Grant as the leading scorer for the Trail Blazers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 19 while also collecting 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 43.1% and is averaging 22.5 points per contest.
Lakers vs Trail Blazers Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Lakers have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 110 points per game in these contests.
- When looking at their past ten home matchups, Portland has an ATS record of 7-3 while averaging 110 per game. The team went 2-8 overall in these games.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Trail Blazers have gone 5-5 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 3-7.
- Although the Lakers have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the spread going 1-2.
The Lakers is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 110-101. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Lakers at -7.5.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 223 and our model has the Lakers and Trail Blazers finishing with a combined 211 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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