NBA: Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction 1/21/2024

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction 1/21/2024

The Portland Trail Blazers (12-29) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (21-22) on Sunday, January 21st. This game will be played at Arena in Los Angeles and televised on SN-LA. Trail Blazers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Lakers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pacers. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.

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Trail Blazers Are Coming Off A Win

The Trail Blazers’ most recent game versus the Pacers saw Jerami Grant lead the Trail Blazers with 37 points while shooting 14/28 from the field. As the Trail Blazers secured the victory with a final score of 118-115, Malcolm Brogdon also chipped in with 30 points.

As they enter today’s game, the Trail Blazers are 12-29 overall and have won their last two games. In Western Conference matchups, they are 5-23 while going 7-6 in non-conference games.

So far, Portland’s ATS record is below .500 at 19-22. The Trail Blazers currently have a three game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 1-3 vs. the spread as the favorite.

The Lakers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Lakers will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Nets with a final score of 130-112. Besides losing the game outright, the Lakers also fell short against the spread, failing to cover as -7.5 point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 227.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.

So far this season, the Lakers have gone 21-22 overall and are 2-1 in their last three games. At home, the Lakers are 15-8 compared to their 6-14 mark on the road.

Los Angeles’ ATS record sits below .500 (18-25). In their last two road games, Los Angeles has been unable to cover the spread, and they hold an ATS record of 8-12 on the road as opposed to 10-13 at home.

Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown

Through 41 games games, Portland is averaging 107.5 points per game (30th).

When it comes to scoring, the Trail Blazers are 30th in the NBA, averaging just 107.5 points per game. Interestingly, they have actually been better on the road, where they average 104.5 points compared to 110.9 at home. In terms of pace, Portland is 18th at 98.6 possessions per game.

One area where the Blazers have struggled is their shooting, as they are just 30th in field goal percentage at 43%. This has also translated to their three-point shooting, where they are 20th in the league at 35%. Overall, they are 30th in true shooting percentage.

When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, Portland is 23rd in attempts but 6th in offensive rebounds. In terms of assists, the Blazers are last in the NBA at just 22.1 per game.

Lakers Offense Breakdown

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In 43 games games, Los Angeles has an average of 114.3 points per game (18th).

At home this season, the Lakers have been averaging 114.9 points per game, which is 20th in the league. Overall, they are 18th in scoring at 114.3 points per game. In terms of pace, the Lakers are 7th in the NBA at 100.6 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Lakers have been very efficient inside the arc, making 55% of their two-point attempts (8th). However, they are just 23rd in three-point shooting percentage at 35%. In terms of three-point attempts, the Lakers are 30th in the league.

So far this season, the Lakers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 37.2% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 8th in the league at 27.9 per game. In terms of free throws, the Lakers are 12th in both attempts and makes.

Trail Blazers Team Defense

Currently, the Trail Blazers’ defense holds the 19th rank in the NBA, allowing 116.7 points per game. In the terms of takeaways, Trail Blazers are causing 14.2 turnovers per game, ranking 26th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 22nd in rejections, averaging 4.7 blocked shots each game.

Lakers Team Defense

At present, the Lakers’ defense is ranked 17th, allowing 115.7 points per game. In their previous matchup vs. the Nets, the Lakers’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 52% leading to 130 points.

Key Players For The Trail Blazers And Lakers

In today’s game, our projections have Anfernee Simons leading the Trail Blazers with 21 points on 7/17 shooting from the field. This season, he is averaging 22.9 points per game along with 3.5 boards.

As for Los Angeles, Anthony Davis is projected to be the primary scorer for the Lakers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 23, and adding 12 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 55.7% and is averaging 25.2 points per contest.

Trail Blazers vs Lakers Trends

  • In their last three games away from home, the Trail Blazers have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 84 points per game in these contests.
  • Across the Lakers last three home games, the team averaged 113 points per game while allowing 123. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-2, while going 0-3 straight-up.
  • Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Trail Blazers have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 3-2.
  • The last five games that Los Angeles was favored, they have an ATS mark of 1-4 while going 2-3 straight up.

Trail Blazers vs Lakers Prediction

For today’s matchup we are recommending to take the Lakers to secure the win, with an expected final score of 118-107. When it comes to the spread, we believe they’ll cover at -10.5.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 226, and our model predicts the Trail Blazers and Lakers to score a combined 225 points. We recommend betting on the under.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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