For all that LeBron James brings to the table the 2018-19 season was an absolute debacle for the Lakers. James missed most of the year with an injury. Most important of all he rubbed teammates raw with his general manager role-playing. James publicly proposed several trades of his teammates throughout the campaign. This year the Lake Show is again a marquee brand. James and his sidekick Antony Davis have Los Angeles off to a strong NBA betting start. By contrast, the Trail Blazers’ once-vaunted defense has been missing in action for most of the year.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
|Date and Time:||Friday, December 6, 2019, 9:30 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Moda Center, Portland, Oregon|
|Lakers vs. Trail Blazers TV Coverage:||ESPN|
|Lakers vs. Trail Blazers NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:||Click Here|
Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Portland Trailblazers Overview
Portland has an online betting record of 8-11 straight up, 9-10-1 vs. the odds and 11-9 over the total. Late on the Blazers have failed to cover four of their last seven games. Three of their last four have gone under the total. Of great concern is a Portland defense ranked 24th in the NBA. The defense has been the cornerstone of the Blazers’ success in past seasons. Offensively Portland ranks ninth in the Association.
Counter to that is a Lakers record of 17-3 straight up, 11-9 on the board and 8-12 under the total. LA has failed to cover in five of their last seven games. Seven of their last ten have gone under the total. Overall Los Angeles ranks 12th for scoring offense and third for points allowed. James and Davis have been a dynamic duo so far. As a matter of fact, the Lakers are the most improved team in the NBA.
Key Lakers: PF Anthony Davis (26.1 PTS, 9.3 REB, 3.4 AST, 2.8 BLK, 47.9% FG, 34.4% 3P, 87.2% FT), SF LeBron James (25.7 PTS, 7.2 REB, 10.9 AST, 50.1% AST, 34.5% 3P, 68.1% FT), PF Kyle Kuzma (11.3 PTS, 3.4 REB, 44.0% FG, 33.3% 3P, 76.7% FT)
Key Trail Blazers: PG Damian Lillard (27.3 PTS, 4.8 REB, 7.3 AST, 44.7% FG, 36.4% 3P, 92% FT), CJ McCollum (22.0 PTS, 4.6 REB, 3.8 AST, 43.9% FG, 38.1% 3P, 82.2% FT), PF Carmelo Anthony (17.7 PTS, 6.0 REB, 2.2 AST, 46.2% FG, 37% 3P, 80% FT)
Los Angeles and Portland Against the Spread
The Lakers are:
- 5-6 against the spread in their last 11 away games
- 8-12 under the total on the road
- 3-5 on the board at Moda Center against the Trail Blazers
- 5-2 over the total in their series with Portland
The Trailblazers are:
- 3-7-2 against the spread in their last 12 games at Moda Center
- 9-3 over the total at home
- 4-5 vs. the odds in their last nine games with the Lakers
- 3-6 under the total in their head to head series with Los Angeles
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Betting Pick
On this occasion, we have a vastly improved Lakers team up against a lackluster Portland outfit. As was previously noted the Trail Blazers have been a poor NBA betting value at Moda Center.
Lakers vs. Trail Blazers NBA Betting Pick: Los Angeles Lakers
Lakers vs. Trail Blazers NBA Betting Score Prediction: Lakers 110, Trail Blazers 95