Luke Walton did not inherit an easy situation as new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Late owner Jerry Buss built LA into a worldwide iconic brand. However, a sibling rivalry between his children destroyed their championship ways. On the positive Walton has begun to get better production out of his team. Gamblers are happy with the increase in NBA Betting Online profits. Still lacking for the Lakers is a marquee talent like the retired Kobe Bryant. Defense is what’s made the Portland Trailblazers playoff contender. And Damian Lillard is the Portland star that Los Angeles lacks.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Date and Time: Monday, March 5, 2018, 10:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Trailblazers||-2 (-110)||224 (-110)|
|Lakers||+2 (-110)||224 (-110)|
Trailblazers vs. Lakers TV Coverage: NBATV
Portland is in excellent NBA Betting Online form as of late. With seven payouts in their last nine games gamblers are taking note. Under the total has paid in four of the Blazers last five games. Straight up they have won six consecutive matchups. As a result of such strong play Portland now leads the Northwest Division. Defensively the Blazers rank fifth best in the Association. Meanwhile Damian Lillard provides the offense. The three-time NBA All Star is averaging 26 points and seven assists per game. Home court advantage for the playoffs is now a real possibility for the Blazers.
Also boasting good play and momentum are the Lakers. Payouts have hit in six straight games for Los Angeles. Most noteworthy is the Lakers five game straight up winning streak. Offense has been the source of success for LA. While the Lakers ranks ninth in the NBA for scoring they are missing a Lillard type kingpin. Brandon Ingram is the leading scorer with a modest 16.2 points per game.
Also missing for the Lakers is a reliable defense. Ranking 27th for points allowed is what is likely to prevent a playoff run this season. Due to good offense and little defense the Lakers trend over. Under the total has failed to pay in the Lakers last eight games.
Team vs. Team
Head to head Portland has dominated this Sportsbook series. Ten of the last 12 between these teams paid out to the Blazers. Under the total has hit in four of the last five between Portland and the Lakers. Staples Center has been quite hospitable to the Trailblazers. LA has failed to get the money in their last nine home games in this matchup. Six straight games at Los Angeles have gone under the total in this series.
Matchup to Watch
Lillard matched up against that weak Lakers defense is a major NBA Betting Online advantage. Comparatively the Blazers defense should take full advantage of LA not having a marquee man. Portland has the confidence of a team looking at potential playoff success. Walton is beginning to get LA to respond but they are still outmanned here. In conclusion Portland’s defense and star power with Lillard set them apart.
Trailblazers vs. Lakers NBA games Betting Odds Picks
Summarizing this game comes down to Lillard and head to head dominance. And the recent profits are gaining respect for Portland. Furthermore, their momentum is too strong to oppose. Thus, the Portland Trailblazers are the pick.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Portland Trailblazers
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Trailblazers 104, Lakers 91