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NBA betting: Lakers at Trail Blazers

The Los Angeles Lakers drop in on the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night looking to extend their three-game winning streak versus Portland.

The Lakers and Blazers last clashed on March 20 when Los Angeles picked up an 84-80 win as a 6.5-point favorite. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 22 points, while Nicolas Bastum netted a game-high 26 points for Portland. After failing to cover the spread in the win the Lakers dropped to 3-5 ATS in their last eight versus Portland.

View LA Lakers vs Portland Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Trail Blazers, currently No. 18 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Lakers, who rate No. 1 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 103-99 victory for the Lakers.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Portland's No. 24-ranked offense, averaging 96.4 PPG, against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 7 at 94.9 PPG. The Trail Blazers field goal percentage has averaged 44.9% so far, less than the Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 46.3% per game.

Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 95.5 points per game. Portland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 95-87 loser on the road against the Warriors. They failed to cover the 5.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (182) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Kobe Bryant went off for 25 points and added 2 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Golden State defeated Los Angeles, 95-87 at Oracle Arena.

Last time out for Portland, they were a 98-87 winner as they battled the Jazz on the road. The Trail Blazers covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite, while 185 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Utah was scorched by Gerald Wallace for 29 points as the Trail Blazers defated the Jazz 98-87 in NBA action on Thursday.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After playing Golden State are 9-1
After a loss are 5-5

Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Memphis are 4-6
After playing Utah are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Lakers at Trail Blazers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the LA Lakers last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 7 games when playing on the road against Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games
LA Lakers are 17-4 SU in their last 21 games
Portland is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Portland's last 7 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
Portland is 9-2 SU in their last 11 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
Portland is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games

Next up:
LA Lakers home to Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 10
Portland home to Memphis, Tuesday, April 12