Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Blazers NBA Picks & Predictions 11/3/2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018
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The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Moda Center to play the Portland Blazers on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Portland as 4.5 point favorites.
The Lakers head into this matchup with a mark of 3-5. They are 4th in the Pacific Division. They have a point differential of -0.1 as they average 121.0 points per contest while giving up 121.1 per game. The Blazers have an overall record of 6-2 this season. They are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They average 118.9 points per game and surrender 110.4, good for a point differential of 8.5.
Valuable Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 2-6-0 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 6-2-0 against the over/under
Important Portland Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Blazers are 5-2-0 against the spread
The Portland Blazers are 5-2-0 against the over/under
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Portland Blazers Injuries
11/02/18 SF Maurice Harkless Knee is questionable Saturday vs LA Lakers
Kyle Kuzma comes into this contest averaging 19.3 points per game while playing 32.1 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 5.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 82%. LeBron James averages 27.8 points per game in 36.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 8.0 assists per contest and 8.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 51% for the year while his free throw percentage is 79%.
Damian Lillard averages 29.1 points per game while playing 33.9 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 5.1 rebounds per game and has 6.0 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is at 94%. CJ McCollum averages 17.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.0 rebounds per contest and 2.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles averages 121.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 3rd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.1 and their shooting percentage is 50% as a team, which has them ranked 4th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 20th in the league. They average 44.5 rebounds per game and 26.4 assists per game, which ranks them 20th and 4th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 14.5 per game. The Lakers allow 121.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 25th and 25th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 47.9 rebounds a game which ranks 24th and they give up 24.3 assists per contest, which puts them in 19th place in the league. They force 16.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 25th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Portland is 6th in the league with 118.9 points per game this year. They are 8th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 8.5. They shoot 39% from 3-point range, which is good for 4th in the NBA. They are 3rd in the league in rebounding with 50.4 boards per game, and 26th in assists per contest with 20.9. The Blazers are 13th in turnovers per game with 14.4. The Blazers surrender 110.4 points per contest, which ranks them 10th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 5th and 7th in those defensive statistics. They rank 12th with 23.1 assists allowed per contest and 14th with 45.5 rebounds surrendered per game. The Blazers were 1st in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 11.0 per game last season.
The Lakers are 8th in the league in defensive rating with 113.5, and their offensive rating of 113.3 is ranked 23rd. They are 4th in the NBA in pace with 105.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 5th. As a unit they are 10th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shot attempts, ranking 22nd in the NBA. Los Angeles is 16th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 10th in the NBA.
Portland is 12th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 9.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%, which is 27th in the league. The Blazers are 2nd in the NBA in offensive rating with 116.7, and their defensive rating of 108.4 is ranked 11th. In terms of pace they are 18th in the league with 100.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 7th. As a team they are 3rd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 17th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles -4.5
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