Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers - 12/31/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers - 12/31/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers (17-19) vs Portland Trail Blazers (13-21)

Game Info: Friday, December 31, 2021 at 10:30 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Lakers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 232 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center. The Portland Trail Blazers need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Lakers need a win after losing six of their last seven games.

The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 108.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 23.9 points and 4.1 rebounds, while CJ McCollum is averaging 20.6 points and 4.5 assists. Norman Powell is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 9.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game.

The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 110 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 112.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.4 points and 6.8 rebounds, while Anthony Davis is averaging 23.3 points and 9.9 rebounds. Russell Westbrook is the third double-digit scorer and Carmelo Anthony is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game.

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The Trail Blazers are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 road games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Lakers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. The under is 4-1 in Trail Blazers last 5 road games. The under is 11-3 in Lakers last 14 Friday games. The Trail Blazers are 14-4 ATS in the last 18 meetings in Los Angeles.

The Portland Trail Blazers are still without a lot of rotation players, they're struggling defensively, and it seems to be Lillard or bust these days. However, the Los Angeles Lakers have issues of their own, as they still have yet to play good basketball this season and every single game they play comes down to the wire. The Lakers don't cover numbers, and they're losing their last five games by an average of 9.8 points. I can't back the Lakers in the favorite role until they get their act together. Give me the Trail Blazers and the points.

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Randy’s Pick Portland Trail Blazers +5.5

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