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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

January 21, 2024


The Portland Trail Blazers will travel to Los Angeles, California to face the Los Angeles Lakers at the Crypto.com Arena with the game scheduled to start at 10:00 PM ET on Sunday night and will air on the Spectrum Channel.



The Trail Blazers are one of the worst teams in the Western Conference with a record of 12-29 which gives them the 2nd worst record in the conference and the 5th worst record in the NBA, however, they are on a two-game winning streak following Friday’s 118-115 win at home against the Indiana Pacers. 



Portland has been a below-average team defensively as they enter this game allowing an average of 116.73 points per game while also having been the lowest-scoring team in the NBA as they enter this game averaging 107.23 points per game. Deandre Ayton is averaging a double-double this season as he enters this game averaging 13 points and 10.6 rebounds per game and returned to the lineup against the Pacers on Friday after missing the previous 12 games for Portland. 



The Portland Trail Blazers will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they travel to face the Los Angeles Lakers.



The Los Angeles Lakers enter this game in 10th place in the Western Conference with a record of 21-22 following a 112-130 loss at home against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday which also ended their two-game winning streak. Los Angeles has been a below-average team offensively as they are averaging 114.58 points per game which is fewer than the league average of 115.52 points per game. 



Anthony Davis has been one of the best players on the team and leads the team in scoring, rebounds, and blocks with an average of 25.2 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 2.49 blocks per game which puts him in 3rd in the NBA in rebounds and 5th in the league in blocks this season. Defensively, the Lakers have been slightly above average as they are allowing an average of 115.23 points per game. The Los Angeles Lakers will look to bounce back following the loss against the Nets when they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.



BookMaker has the Los Angeles Lakers listed as 11.5-point favorites at home against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night. Los Angeles has won six of the last ten and two of the previous three meetings. The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last ten while the Trail Blazers have covered the spread in two of the last three games in the series. 



The Portland Trail Blazers are 19-22 ATS overall, 10-12 ATS on the road, and 18-19 ATS as an underdog this season while the Los Angeles Lakers are 19-25 ATS overall, 9-13 ATS at home, and 11-16 ATS as a favorite on the year.



Los Angeles is the better team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning six of the last ten and two of the last three meetings. However, the Trail Blazers have been the better team most recently at covering the spread in the series, going 2-1 ATS in the last three, and have been the better team at covering the spread this season with a record of 19-22 ATS overall and 18-19 ATS as an underdog while the Lakers are 19-25 ATS overall and 11-16 ATS as a favorite. 



Buy the .5 point and take the points with the Portland Trail Blazers when they travel to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. 

Spooky Express Pick: Portland Trail Blazers +12