Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 3/3/14
Los Angeles Lakers (20-39) at Portland Trail Blazers (41-18)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 218 See the Latest Odds
You can expect a bunch of three pointers tonight as the Los Angeles Lakers pay a visit to the Portland Trailblazers.
The Lakers have lost seven of their last nine games but were able to snap a three-game skid on Friday by sneaking past the Kings by 126-122. Trailing by 11 points at halftime, the Lakers dominated the second half by 72-57 thanks to some ridiculous three-point shooting from Jordan Farmar who made eight treys on his way to 30 points off the bench. However, it was a real team effort as the Lakers combined for 19 threes on just 27 attempts which ties the franchise record for threes made in a game. The Lakers also shot 60 percent from the field thanks to 23 points from MarShon Brooks and 22 points apiece from Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks.
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Meanwhile, the Trailblazers shot an uncharacteristically poor five of 27 from the three point line on Saturday but still managed to beat the Nuggets by 102-96. Robin Lopez led the way with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Damian Lillard added 17 points, but the real icing on the cake was LaMarcus Aldridge who looked rusty in his return from injury but still managed to score 16 points. Given how poorly the Nuggets have been playing lately, it's a little surprising that the Blazers didn't win by double digits at home, but they just couldn't nail the threes late in the game like they were doing so regularly early in the season. Despite the shaky performance, Portland still managed to win the game which puts them just 1 1/2 games behind the second-placed San Antonio with a record of 41-18.
In ATS trends, the Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven against the Western Conference, while the Blazers are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games against sub .400 teams and 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games.
Head to head, the Lakers are 8-20 ATS in the last 28 meetings overall and 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Portland.
There is no line for this game yet so please check back later for my free pick.