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Basketball Betting Odds & Picks — Blazers Face Lakers as They Look to Extend Streak to Four

 

The Portland Trail Blazers have responded well to the return of their star inside player, and it has kept them in the running to improve their playoff position in the Western Conference. On Tuesday night they will go after their fourth straight win as they visit the Los Angeles Lakers in basketball betting action that is set to begin at 10:35 PM ET at the Staples Center.

Portland is 48-27 straight-up (41-34 against the odds), and the Blazers are the fifth-place team in the West, 2.5 games behind Houston, which for the moment is playing without Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley. In other words, there might be a window of opportunity for them to come on strong and slip into that #4 playoff spot, although time is running out.

The Lakers are in the cellar in the Pacific Division, with a 25-48 record. They have fared better against the NBA lines, with a 37-34-2 ATS mark. They are 14-22 straight-up at home this season.

In the basketball betting odds that have been established on this game at BetDSI, the Blazers are laying quote a few points on the road:

Portland Trail Blazers -8
Los Angeles Lakers +8

Over 221.5 points -110
Under 221.5 points -110

Portland has won three consecutive games, covering all of them against the NBA pointspread. This has coincided with the return to action of power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who had been sidelined for seven games with back problems. Aldridge had 28 points for the Blazers in their last game, a 105-98 win at the Moda Center against Memphis. Previous to that, they had won by 15 points over Atlanta and 17 over Chicago.

In the last meeting between these two, on March 3, the Lakers got a dunk by Wesley Johnson off an inbounds pass with six seconds to go and held on for a 107-106 win in Portland.

Pau Gasol, who had 22 points and nine rebounds in that game, may or may not be all that interested in playing for the Lakers anymore, as there is a situation with his contract that is stagnant at the moment. His desire is said to be waning, and he has sat out some games this season when his teammates thought he perhaps should shrug it off and play. He has been sitting out with something reported to be vertigo, although he has been upgraded to the status of “probable” for this game.

BetDSI patrons know that there were questions as to whether Gasol could play alongside Dwight Howard, and some of the same questions were asked about him with Chris Kaman. Coach Mike D’Antoni has left Kaman out of the rotation most of the time. But when this guy gets extended playing time, he has really taken advantage of it.

Gasol did not play last time out against Phoenix, so Kaman was called upon to take things over on the inside, and he responded in a big way, scoring 28 points and pulling down 17 rebounds as the Lakers had a surprisingly easy 115-99 victory over the Suns, who are in a battle right now with Dallas and Memphis for the final two West playoff spots. For a change, the Lakers played some defense, as Phoenix shot just 38.5%, and this represented the first time since February 21 that Los Angeles held an opponent below 40%.

They came up big as a nine-point underdog in the basketball betting odds, and such a thing was certainly very welcome, as the Lakers were laughed off the court against Minnesota on Saturday night, losing by a 143-107 score and taking their “Matador” defense to a new level, surrendering 67% to the Timberwolves, who registered the NBA’s best shooting night of the season.
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