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Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds
Los Angeles will look to improve on its 14-15 record on Friday when they host Portland in NBA odds action at STAPLES Center.
The Trail Blazers will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 11-15-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Lakers are 12-17 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Portland is 13-14 on the totals; Los Angeles is 16-13.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 11-rated Lakers and the No. 23-rated Trail Blazers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 102-98 win for the Lakers on Friday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 102.9 PPG, against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 21 at 99.4 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 45.5% so far, more than the Trail Blazers shooters have achieved on the year, 43.7% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Trail Blazers own the league's No. 22-rated mark, allowing 102.1 points per game when playing on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 10 in scoring on their home court.
The Trail Blazers were a 109-91 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Kings. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (200) made winners of OVER bettors. The Trail Blazers got a 28-point performance from LaMarcus Aldridge, who added 12 rebounds as Portland ran past Sacramento 109-91 on Wednesday at Rose Garden.
Los Angeles was a 126-114 loser in its last match on the road against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 240 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Los Angeles got 40 points from Kobe Bryant en route to a 126-114 loss at the hands of Los Angeles on Wednesday at Pepsi Center.
Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After playing Sacramento are 8-2
After a win are 6-4
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After playing Denver are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Trail Blazers at Lakers trends to consider:
Portland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Portland's last 9 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games when playing at home against Portland
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing Portland
LA Lakers are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games at home
Portland home to Philadelphia, Saturday, December 29
LA Lakers home to Philadelphia, Tuesday, January 1