This is the first game from Lakers after the tragic loss of their legend and this is as big as a stage can be for both teams, as the eyes of the world will be upon them tonight.
What I need to mention so that we are all on the same page: LeBron passed Kobe for the third place in the all-time scoring list in his last game (vs Sixers) and he spent the whole post-game interview praising his childhood hero, who passed away 12 hours later, in what was a surreal series of events.
LeBron mentioned (and promised) that it's his responsibility to put the Lakers on his back and keep it going.
This will be a 'special' game and as a result, the lines are special here, like LeBron's triple-double is offered at odds of 2.20. LeBron is widely expected to have a massive game as he will pay his tribute today and he will probably deliver, as usual.
Now, both LeBron and Lillard are expected to run the show on this big stage tonight and they both can very well put up a big show. I will go with LeBron's points here as I definitely can see him being far more emotionally involved in this one, he comes from a very long rest (almost 5 days) and this is a perfect spot from him to shine under the brightest lights, whilst a 30 point game is far from a hard task for him, facing one of the worst defenses of the league and i have to admit that I am surprised that the lines have been set so low.
I want to be clear here, this is a special bet, for a special night, and should be treated as such!
Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers betting tips
LeBron Over 28.5 Points (Stake: 10)Odds: 1.83 at Bet365
Result: 22 LOST (-10 units)