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Lakers Trail Blazers Betting Preview

Portland Trail BlazersLos Angeles Lakers
13-3December 01, 2013, 09:30 | STAPLES Center9-8

The Lakers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Trail Blazers tip off at STAPLES Center on Sunday in NBA play.

Los Angeles battles the Trail Blazers, currently with a 13-3 mark (11-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 9-8 for the Lakers and 10-6 for the Trail Blazers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Trail Blazers before tip-off in this one found them as -3.5-point favorites earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 207 at TopBet.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 20-rated Lakers and the No. 10-rated Trail Blazers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 98-92 win for the Trail Blazers on Sunday.

The Trail Blazers were a 120-106 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Suns. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the total score (226) made winners of OVER bettors. The Trail Blazers endured a 120-106 loss at the hands of the Suns on Wednesday, despite a 24-point effort from LaMarcus Aldridge at US Airways Center.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 106-102 winner on the road against the Pistons. They covered the 5.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (208) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Wesley Johnson scored 27 points for Los Angeles on Friday, leading the Lakers to a 106-102 victory over Detroit at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 10-rated squad against Portland's No. 9-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 1 in the league with 10.65 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 4 with 9.81 per outing.

Next up:
Portland home to Indiana, Monday, December 2nd
Los Angeles at Sacramento, Friday, December 6th