Trail Blazers vs. Lakers - 1/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (11-23) at Portland Trail Blazers (26-8)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -12 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds
TV: TWC SN, KGW
The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers meet Monday night at the Moda Center.
The Los Angeles Lakers have won two of their last three games and begin a short two-game road trip. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 102.2 points on 44 percent shooting and are allowing 108.4 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 23.8 points and 5.3 assists while Nick Young is averaging 14.7 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Carlos Boozer is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Jeremy Lin is dishing 4.7 assists. In a win over the Pacers on Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a nine-game streak of allowing opponents to top 100 points. While the Lakers defense pretty much is what it is at this point, they are shooting an impressive 44.1 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games offensively.
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The Portland Trail Blazers have won four of their last five games and will play their fifth straight home game. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 104.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting and are allowing 97.1 points on 43 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.1 points and 10.7 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 21.7 points and 6.4 assists. Wesley Matthews is shooting 47.4 percent from the field and Chris Kaman is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers defense continues to flex its muscles, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 42.8 percent from the field and 26.3 percent from downtown in their last five games. The Trail Blazers have won 10 of their last 11 games SU when holding their opponent under 100 points.
The Lakers are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Pacific. The Lakers are 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Portland and 14-33 ATS in the last 47 meetings overall.
While the Trail Blazers are quietly becoming one of the top teams in the league, the Lakers continue to show up and fight each night, especially in games where you could easily write them off. I look for LA to compete hard and keep this game close, giving us the cover in the process.