Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers - 8/22/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Los Angeles Lakers (53-20) at Portland Trail Blazers (37-40)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 8:30 pm (AdventHealth Arena)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers +7.5 -- Over/Under: 225 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers meet Thursday in game two of NBA playoff action at the AdventHealth Arena.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for another win to take a 2-1 series lead. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 102 points on 35.1 percent shooting and allowing 94 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 29.5 points and 11 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 16.5 points and 11.5 assists. JR Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Kuzma is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 27.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 52.5 rebounds per game.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for a bounce back performance to take a 2-1 series lead. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 94 points on 39.6 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26 points and three assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 17 points and five rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Anfernee Simons is dishing two assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 27.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game.
The Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog, 7-18-3 ATS in their last 28 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 9-4 in Lakers last 13 overall. The over is 25-10 in Trail Blazers last 35 overall. The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Portland and 23-47 ATS in the last 70 meetings.
The Los Angeles Lakers bounced back in a big way in their game two victory and many now assume everything is good again in Laker Land. The issue that I have is that I still don't think the Lakers are a good basketball team, as it's often LeBron, Davis and a bunch of question marks. You can't consistently count on anybody else on this Lakers roster, and their guard play isn't good to put it nicely. I haven't bought into the Lakers all season long, and I still expect this to be a long series. Give me the Trail Blazers and the points.