The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Portland Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at the Moda Center. Portland is 4-5 overall and 4-1 at home, while the Lakers are 5-4 overall and 1-1 on the road. The Lakers will be without LeBron James as he battles a thumb injury but Anthony Davis (thumb) has been upgraded to probable.
Meanwhile, the Blazers are currently at full strength with nobody listed on their injury report entering Saturday night’s matchup. Portland is favored by 5.5 points in the latest Blazers vs. Lakers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 222. Before entering any Lakers vs. Trail Blazers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Lakers vs. Blazers spread: Trail Blazers -5.5
- Lakers vs. Blazers over-under: 222 points
What you need to know about the Trail Blazers
Portland sure made it a nail-biter, but managed to escape with a 110-106 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday. Shooting guard Norman Powell was the offensive standout of the contest for the Trail Blazers, picking up 25 points. CJ McCollum also had 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting.
Powell and McCollum picked up Damian Lillard on an off shooting night. Lillard went just 2-for-13 from the field and finished with just four points but did manage 11 assists. He’s now shooting just 33.7 percent from the floor and 21.7 percent from the 3-point line for the season. Portland will need more out of its franchise player to compete in the loaded Western Conference.
What you need to know about the Lakers
Speaking of close games: it was a hard-fought matchup, but the Lakers had to settle for a 107-104 loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. Despite the defeat, Los Angeles got a solid performance out of power forward Anthony Davis, who dropped a double-double on 29 points and 18 boards along with five assists.
The Lakers blew 19 and 26-point leads in two games against the Thunder this season and those losses have exacerbated fears about how Russell Westbrook might fit into Los Angeles’ formula. The Lakers currently rank 26th in the NBA in points allowed per game (112.0) and they’ll be even more of a defensive liability without James on Saturday.
How to make Lakers vs. Trail Blazers picks
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