Portland Trail Blazers (1-1) at Los Angeles Lakers (1-1)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -4 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Portland Trailblazers and the Los Angeles Lakers collide at the STAPLES Center on Monday night.
The Portland Trailblazers will be gunning for a second straight victory after outlasting the Rockets in a thrilling 128-126 overtime win on Saturday. CJ McCollum led the team with 44 points and eight assists on 17 of 30 shooting, Damian Lillard added 32 points with nine assists while Jusuf Nurkic racked up 12 points with 11 rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 46 percent from the field and 19 of 45 from the 3-point line as they squandered a five-point lead late in the overtime period, before turning to McCollum who drained the game-winning 3-pointer with just 6.9 seconds remaining.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers will be gunning for a third straight win after last night’s blowout win over the Timberwolves. LeBron James is leading the way with averages of 22 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game, Anthony Davis is averaging 23 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while Montrezl Harrell and Dennis Schroder have already become consistent contributors for the Lakers. As a team, the Lakers are averaging 123.5 points per game on 51.7 percent shooting from the field. Davis missed last night’s win over the Timberwolves with a right calf contusion and his status for Monday is unclear.
Looking at the betting trends, the Trailblazers are 0-4 ATS in their last four games playing on one days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the under is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in Los Angeles, the Trailblazers are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall and the Trailblazers are 21-8 ATS in the last 29 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Trailblazers had a bit of a rough start to the season, but they were able to steady the ship with a hard-fought win over the shorthanded Rockets on Saturday, so they will be quietly confident coming into this one. You could say the same for the Lakers who will be gunning for a third straight victory. This should be a close one, but with the status of Davis still unclear, I’m leaning towards the Trailblazers with the points here.