Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Blazers Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 1/4/2015
Monday, January 5, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Moda Center in Portland
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On Monday night, the Los Angeles Lakers will be going up against the Portland Trail Blazers in a game that will feature two of the top 10 scoring teams in the NBA.
Last season, the Blazers came away with two wins from their three-game series against the Lakers. Their biggest win of the series came late in the season when they defeated Los Angeles 124-112 in Portland.
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In 59 career games against the Blazers, Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has been able to average 27.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Power forward Carlos Boozer has averaged a double-double of 17 points and 10.5 rebounds per game against Portland in his career, while center Jordan Hill has grabbed six rebounds per game against them in seven career games.
On Saturday night, the Blazers had their four-game winning streak snapped when they were defeated 115-107 by the Atlanta Hawks at home. The Blazers didn't take care of the ball in that loss, turning the ball over 18 times.
Through 34 games, the Blazers are the top rebounding teams in the league and are averaging over 104 points per game. Point guard Damian Lillard is having a great season by averaging 21.7 points, 6.4 assists and nearly five rebounds per game. Shooting guard Wesley Matthews has made 40.1 percent of his three-pointers this season and has scored 16.9 points per game.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
Los Angeles Lakers are 17-14-2 Against the Spread
Los Angeles Lakers are 18-14-0 against the Over/Under
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
Portland Trail Blazers are 20-13-1 Against the Spread
Portland Trail Blazers are 15-19-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Lakers
10/28/14 F Julius Randle Tibia out for season
10/23/14 G Steve Nash Back out for season
Portland Trail Blazers
12/16/14 C Robin Lopez Hand out indefinitely
01/04/15 C Joel Freeland Shoulder out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Portland
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