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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/6/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers
Date & Time Friday December 6, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)
Location
Moda Center
Portland, OR
The Line
LAL -190, LAL -4.5
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The Los Angeles Lakers head to Portland, Oregon on Friday for a Western Conference matchup with Trail Blazers.  In their last game, the Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz by the score of 121-96.  Antony Davis led the Lakers in points with 26 as he went 9 for 11 from the field and 8 of 9 from the free throw line.  LeBron James led the Lakers in assists with 12 on the night while playing 29 minutes in the game.  Rajon Rondo led Los Angeles in rebounds with 9 in the game, all of them coming off of the defensive boards. 

After the win against the Jazz, the Lakers are now 19-3 and are currently in 1st place in the Pacific Division.  Anthony Davis leads the Lakers in points per game with 26 and has played well alongside his new teammates all season.  Davis also leads the Lakers in rebounds as he is averaging 9.1 per game.  LeBron James may have taken a back seat to Davis in terms of points per game, but he is still leading Los Angeles in assists per game with 10.8.  The Lakers enter Friday’s game against the Trail Blazers on the healthy note as they do not have anyone listed on their injury report. 

The Portland Trail Blazers welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to town on Friday after winning their last game 127-116 against the Sacramento Kings.  C.J. McCollum led the way for the Trail Blazers scoring 33 points while going 14 of 22 from the field. Hassan Whiteside led the Trail Blazers in rebounds in the game, pulling in 16 with 1 coming offensively.  Damian Lillard led Portland in assists, recording 10 while playing a total of 37 minutes in the game. 

The Trail Blazers enter Friday’s game with a record of 9-13 and are in 4th place in the Northwest Division.  Portland is led by point guard Damian Lillard who is averaging a team leading 26.6 points per game on the season. Lillard is also the team leader in assists and is averaging 7.4 assists per game. Hassan Whiteside leads the Trail Blazers in rebounding and is averaging 12.6 per game.  The Trail Blazers enter Friday’s game with just 1 player listed on their injury report as Gary Trent Jr. is listed as out.

Los Angeles has scored 112.3 points per game while allowing 103.3 points per game.  Portland has scored 113.5 points per game while allowing 114.8 points per game.  Both teams are 4-1 in their last 5 games.  I am going to go with the Lakers in this one as they have been the better team on the season and have better defensive numbers than the Trail Blazers.  Although the teams matchup well in offensive numbers, the Lakers have been much better on defense, allowing 11 points less per game than the Trail Blazers.  Lakers win 120-115 and cover the spread. 

Pick:
LAL -190, LAL -4.5
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