Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 11/14/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (10-3) at Los Angeles Lakers (7-6)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -3 -- Over/Under: 227 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, SPEC
The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look to keep the ball rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 115.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.2 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26 points and 5.8 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 20.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Zach Collins is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 85.9 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 52.2 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won three of their last four road games.
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The Los Angeles Lakers also look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 116.2 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 115.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.4 points and 7.1 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won four of their last five home games.
The Trail Blazers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Lakers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Wednesday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Northwest and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 23-8 ATS in the last 31 meetings in Los Angeles, 45-18 ATS in the last 63 meetings and the road team is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
With this line, I can assume that Damian Lillard isn't going to play due to a knee injury. If that's the case, I want the Lakers at home and the small line. However, if Lillard is going to play, the Trail Blazers being an underdog of any form is a complete joke. The Lakers are playing better, but they're not as good as Portland. Still, the Portland Trail Blazers are very limited without their best player, so if Lillard is not playing, I'll side with the Lakers.