On Wednesday night, the Portland Trail Blazers (21-30) visit the Los Angeles Lakers (24-27) at the Crypto.com Arena. Both teams have been downright awful as each team sits under .500 and currently rank ninth and tenth in the Western, respectively. Each team will be looking for a win in this one, as the loser could be looking to move pieces of their roster at the deadline.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Preview: Portland Struggles to Stay Consistent
The Portland Trail Blazers have been in a funk as of late, losing four of their last five games overall, and they’ll be looking to avoid a third straight loss after a 98-81 road setback to the Thunder on Monday. CJ McCollum had 21 points and seven assists to lead the squad, while Norman Powell had 17 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 14 points and nine rebounds.
The Blazers aren’t the strongest offensive team, especially with Damien Lillard not on the court. Portland averages 108.4 points per game (17th in the NBA) while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. Additionally, Portland is grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game and dishing out 1,158 dimes this season, putting them in 23rd place in the league in terms of passing the ball.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Blazers have forced 13.5 turnovers per game on defense but are 29th in the league to allow assists to their opponents. In addition, the Trail Blazers have been atrocious on defense this season, ranking 26th in total defense, allowing a 47.5 percent shooting percentage and 43.5 boards per game.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview: Lakers Look to Build Momentum in Return to Home Court
The Los Angeles Lakers have returned from a six-game road trip and fell to ninth place in the Western Conference after falling in four of those contests. The Lakers have been in a real funk lately as they’ve lost eight of their past 11 games overall, and they will be hoping to put an end to a three-game skid after falling short to the Hawks in a 129-121 road loss on Sunday. Malik Monk scored with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists; Anthony Davis added 27 points on 10 of 20 shooting, while Russell Westbrook chipped in with 20 points and 12 assists.
Los Angeles is one of the better offensive teams in the league, averaging 111.0 points, 44.5 boards, while shooting 46.4 percent from the field, ranking them tenth in the NBA. They must make up for those losses at home as they host a struggling Blazers team on Wednesday, and the X-Factor in this matchup could be Anthony Davis, who has performed well in his first two games back from injury.
Los Angeles has some serious ground to make up as they have only won three of their last ten games. They’ve lost three straight games, and they’ll need their defense to come to play as LA has allowed 112.6 points per game, placing them 27th in the NBA.
Betting Odds and Lines
MyBookie has the Los Angeles Lakers listed as the -3.5-point home favorite, while the total number of points is at 222.5 in the latest odds. The Trail Blazers have an 8-18 ATS record in their previous 26 road games. Meanwhile, the Lakers are 8-14 ATS when playing as -3.5 favorites and 1-4 ATS in their last five games versus a losing team.
Free Betting Pick
The Trail Blazers have struggled for consistency all season, and their confidence has taken a hit following their most recent game, in which a brutal Thunder team blew them out. The Lakers need a win to get their season back on track, but the team could be shorthanded with Lebron James questionable for the game.
The Trail Blazers can win on the road, but they are just 5-10 ATS as home underdogs this season. On the other hand, the Lakers are in desperate need of a win, and I believe they can eke out a win with a great game with Anthony Davis back in the lineup.