Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers odds, picks & predictions

The Portland Trail Blazers (21-30) stop by the Crypto.com Arena Wednesday to play the Los Angeles Lakers (24-27) at 10:30 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Trail Blazers vs. Lakers odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.

Portland has lost four of its past five games, including two straight road games, falling at the Chicago Bulls Sunday and at the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday. The Trail Blazers are 3-5 straight up (SU) and 4-4 against the spread (ATS) over the past two weeks.

L.A. is also a loser of four of its past five games, including three straight road games. They lost to the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday, the Charlotte Hornets Friday and Atlanta Hawks Sunday. The Lakers are 2-5 SU and 3-4 ATS in the last 14 days.

These teams split their first two regular-season meetings with the home team winning and covering both.

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Trail Blazers at Lakers odds, spread and lines

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Money line: Trail Blazers +133 (bet $100 to win $133) | Lakers -165 (bet $165 to win $100)
Against the spread: Trail Blazers +3.5 (-108) | Lakers -3.5 (-112)
Over/Under (O/U): 222.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)

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Trail Blazers at Lakers key injuries

Trail Blazers

PG Damian Lillard (core) out
SF Nassir Little (shoulder) out
C Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) probable
SG Anfernee Simons (hip) probable

Lakers

PF Anthony Davis (wrist) probable
SF LeBron James (knee) doubtful
SG Malik Monk (groin) probable

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Trail Blazers at Lakers odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Lakers 120, Trail Blazers 109

Money line

PASS.

this should be a get-right spot for a struggling L.A. team, but the -165 price is too expensive considering the Lakers are just 13-10 SU as home favorites.

Against the spread

BET LAKERS -3.5 (-112).

Davis has owned the Trail Blazers throughout his career and Portland doesn’t have the defense to frustrate Lakers PG Russell Westbrook.

AD attempts a majority of his field goals from mid-range and L.A. attempts the second-highest volume of shots at the rim, according to CleaningTheGlass.com (CTG).

Both of these are areas of weakness for the Trail Blazers. They rank 25th in defensive field-goal percentage versus shots at the rim and 26th versus shots in the mid-range.

The Lakers rank fourth in fast-break points per game (PPG) and 10th in paint PPG, while the Trail Blazers are 20th in both fast-break PPG and paint PPG allowed.

L.A. thrives in transition due in part to Westbrook’s ferociousness and AD should help the Lakers dominate the Trail Blazers inside the paint.

Finally, L.A. has a plus-2.6 effective field-goal shooting percentage (eFG%), while Portland has a minus-2.3 eFG%.

BET 1 unit on the LAKERS -3.5 (-112).

Over/Under

BET OVER 222.5 (-115) for a quarter-unit.

Portland is 10-5 O/U as a road underdog, while L.A. is 14-9 O/U as a home favorite. The Trail Blazers are 21st in defensive FT/FGA rate and the Lakers are 20th.

However, it’s only a “lean” because I prefer L.A.’s spread more than the total and two of the three referees assigned to this game have a combined 25-43 O/U record, which could impact our total if there aren’t a lot of fouls called.

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Author: Naomi Berry