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Trail Blazers vs. Lakers NBA Playoffs Game 2 Betting Preview, Odds and Analysis

August 19th, 2020 NBA Basketball, Sports Betting

Portland entered the NBA Bubble on the outside looking in. By reason of five straight up wins in their last six games did they gain the final seed. Trail Blazers fans quickly have to end their celebration. Eight seed in the West means an NBA betting matchup with the Lakers. Los Angeles is co-favorite with Milwaukee to win the NBA title. Further, the Lakers have something that Portland lacks. A defense that ranks as one of the Association’s best. Increasingly all the Trail Blazers have to ride is the hot hand of Damian Lillard.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers – Game 2

Date and Time:Thursday, August 20, 2020, 9 p.m. ET
Location:Advent Health Arena, Orlando, Florida
Trail Blazers vs. Lakers TV Coverage:TNT
Trail Blazers vs. Lakers SBG Odds:
Trailblazers+6 (-110)227½ (-110)+215
Lakers-6 (-110)227½ (-110)-255
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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers SBG Odds Overview

Few teams provided worse sports betting value than the Trail Blazers. Portland’s run and gun style helped trend their games over the total. Cause by their Bubble performance will bargain hunters consider them. Owing to massive popularity and hype to the Lakers always draw handle. Lack of value never seems to bother gamblers related to LA.

Portland Trail Blazers Team Overview

Portland finished 36-39 straight up, 32-40-3 vs. the line with 30 under. Overall, the Trail Blazers ranked sixth for scoring and 26th for points allowed. Portland has lost just three of their last 10 to the line. And eight of their last nine went over the total.

Key Portland Trail Blazers: PG Damian Lillard 30.0 PTS, 4.3 REB, 8.0 AST, 46.3 FG%, 40.1 3P%, 88.8 FT%, SG C.J. McCollum 22.2 PTS, 4.2 REB, 4.4 AST, 46.3 FG%, 37.9 3P%, 75.7 FT%, C Hassan Whiteside 15.5 PTS, 13.5 REB, 1.2 AST, 62.1 FG%, 57.1 3P%, 68.6 FT%

Los Angeles Lakers Team Overview

First seed Los Angeles was 52-19 straight up and 36-34-1 vs. the line. Only 34 of their games went over the total. NBA metrics have LA 11th for scoring and fourth for points allowed. Late on the Lakers have covered just two of their last 10 games. Four of their last six cleared the total.

Key Los Angeles Lakers: PF Anthony Davis 26.1 PTS, 9.3 REB, 3.2 AST, 50.3 FG%, 33.0 3P%, 84.6 FT%, SF LeBron James 25.3 PTS, 7.8 REB, 10.2 AST, 49.3 FG%, 34.8 3P%, 69.3 FT%

Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers Against the Spread

The Trail Blazers are:

  • 4-6-1 against the spread in their last 11 games as a dog
  • 5-2 over the total when getting points
  • 3-5 vs. the line as a dog to the Lakers
  • 6-1 over the total when getting points vs. Los Angeles

The Lakers are:

  • 1-7 vs. the board as a favorite
  • 4-1 over the total in their last five as chalk
  • 5-1 on the board in their last six overall games with Portland
  • 5-2 over the total head to head with the Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA SBG Best Bet

In this situation, Lillard could keep Portland in range of an NBA betting backdoor cover. Should the Lakers pull ahead they will likely employ load management. As mentioned earlier Los Angeles is losing betting value. Too much fanboy money flows their way.

Trail Blazers vs. Lakers SBG Best Bet: Portland Trail Blazers

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