Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/23/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/23/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers (16-16) at Los Angeles Lakers (11-19)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -3 -- Over/Under: 204 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers meet Saturday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Portland Trail Blazers need a victory here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 102.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 100.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.2 points and 6.4 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21 points and four rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won six of their last eight road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers could also use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 107.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 17.4 points and 6.6 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 16.2 points and 3.3 assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Clarkson is dishing three assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have their last three home games.

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The Trail Blazers are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 road games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 9-2-2 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 21-8 ATS in the last 29 meetings in Los Angeles, 42-17 ATS in the last 59 meetings and the favorite is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

The Los Angeles Lakers have had a really good week, taking the Warriors down to the wire twice and beating the Rockets as 15 point underdogs. The Portland Trail Blazers just aren't a good or consistent basketball team right now, and the struggles will continue even more with Lillard out. Laying the bucket with the Lakers is probably one of the better bets on Saturday's NBA card.

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers -3

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