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Lakers vs. Trail Blazers - 4/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers (48-26) at Los Angeles Lakers (20-54)

NBA Basketball: Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +8.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNN, TWC SN, ESPN

The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers play Friday night at the STAPLES Center.

The Portland Trail Blazers look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 102.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting and are allowing 98.3 points on 43.9 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.6 points and 10.3 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 21 points and 6.3 assists. Arron Afflalo is grabbing 2.8 rebounds and Nicolas Batum is dishing 4.8 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 48.1 percent from the field in their last five games and have scored at least 109 points in their last three games. The Trail Blazers can get one game closer to clinching home court in the first round with a victory. The Trail Blazers have split their last 10 games on the road.

Lakers vs. Trail Blazers - 4/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers look for a win after losing four of their last six games. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 98.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting and are allowing 104.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Jordan Hill is averaging 12.3 points and 8.2 rebounds while Carlos Boozer is averaging 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds. Jeremy Lin is dishing 4.7 assists and Jordan Clarkson is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting just 43.3 percent from the field in their last five games and have lost 20 of their last 21 games when scoring less than 100 points. Seven of the Lakers last 10 victories have come on their home court. Wayne Ellington is questionable with a shoulder injury.

The Trail Blazers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Pacific and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Lakers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Northwest and 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles and 36-16 ATS in the last 52 meetings overall.

The Trail Blazers have shown shaky play on the road this season and the Lakers seem to usually play well when you least expect it. In a primetime game, I like the value of the free points with the home team.

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Los Angeles Lakers +8.5

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