LA Lakers vs Portland
Western Conference clash, LA Lakers will host Portland Trail Blazers. Two really red hot teams right now.
The hosts have covered in all five games since the All Star break but they also won all of those five. But even before that the Lakers were very good and started showing they will be playoff team very soon. Still, as I mentioned early in the season, they are the team in reorganizing process and it wasn't realistic they will secure postseason right away. That being said, Lakers playing good right now but this season is pretty much over for them.
Portland on the other side is also 5-0 in last five. But unlike Lakers, Trail Blazers are on high level pretty much entire season. They are 37-26 that is the third best record on the west. But as mentioned many times, there is big crowd in Western Conference from the 3rd to 10th position. Clippers who are outside of playoffs spots have just three wins less from Portland and also one game played less. So clearly Portland need to continue in this direction. I think they can. IMO this team wasn't so good as they are now long back from Aldridge era. They have now as big men Bosnian player Jusuf Nurkic who is one of crucial players for Trail Blazers good results. Obviously his moving from Denver to Portland was great as for him as for his current team. Lillard is having of course huge season. Especially lately the best Portland player was outstanding.
So although both, Lakers and Trail Blazers are in good form, I must give certain advantage to the road team. BTW, Portland is today without major concern about it's roster.
Lakers were without Brandon Ingram in last game and huge 4th quarter comeback and road win over San Antonio Spurs. He is questionable also for tonight.
What I especially like about this bet is the recent much better schedule for Portland. They were at home in previous three, so no traveling for them at all. Now they are in LA and right away back to home again for the next five games.
On the other side Lakers have been in last four on the road, so traveling day after day and now are in that bad spot for any team, especially bad spot for such young and not enough experienced team like Lakers are. It's the spot " the first home game after long period on the road". It's the game when the team in question usually underperforming. I expect to see it today too.
LA Lakers vs Portland prediction
|Portland||Pinnacle||1.81||8||103-108 WON (+6.48 units)|