Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 8/18/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Location: AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -5.5
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers (52-19, 1st in the Pacific Division) host the Portland Trail Blazers (35-39, 4th in the Northwest Division) at AdventHealth Arena on Tuesday. Los Angeles opens this contest as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 227.
The Blazers are covering the spread 44.4% of the time, having gone 32-40-3 ATS. Los Angeles is covering the spread 51.4% of the time, going 36-34-1 against the spread.
Key Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
12/06/19 SG Rodney Hood Achilles is out indefinitely
08/17/20 PF Zach Collins Ankle is downgraded to OUT Tuesday vs LA Lakers
08/17/20 SF Nassir Little Dehydration is downgraded to OUT Tuesday vs LA Lakers
06/28/20 SF Trevor Ariza Personal is out for season
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
08/17/20 SG Alex Caruso Neck is upgraded to probable Tuesday vs Portland
08/17/20 PG Rajon Rondo Thumb is doubtful Tuesday vs Portland
08/14/20 SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Ankle is probable Tuesday vs Portland
08/14/20 PF Anthony Davis Knee is probable Tuesday vs Portland
06/28/20 SG Avery Bradley Personal is out for season
Carmelo Anthony averages 15.4 points per contest in 32.8 minutes per game this year. He averages 1.5 assists per game and 6.3 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% for the season while his free throw percentage is 85%. Damian Lillard comes into this game averaging 30.0 points per contest while playing 37.5 minutes per night. He grabs 4.3 rebounds per contest and distributes 8.0 assists per game. His FG percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is 89%.
Anthony Davis averages 26.1 points per game and he sees the court an average of 34.4 minutes per game. He also hauls in 9.3 rebounds per game and dishes 3.2 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 85%. LeBron James scores 25.3 points per contest while playing 34.6 minutes per game. He hauls in 7.8 rebounds per contest and has 10.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is at 69%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Blazers allow 116.2 points per contest which is 26th in the NBA. They also surrender a 46% shooting percentage and a 39% average from 3-point range, ranking them 11th and 29th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.9 rebounds a game which ranks 27th, and they allow 24.9 assists per game which puts them in 20th place in the league. They force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Portland averages 115.1 points per contest, which is 6th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.1 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 14th. From 3-point territory they shoot 38%, which is good for 3rd in the NBA. They average 45.2 boards per contest and 20.6 assists per game, which ranks them 12th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 28th with 12.8 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Lakers give up 107.6 points per game, which ranks them 4th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 8th and 8th in those defensive statistics. They rank 7th with 23.4 dimes allowed per game and 2nd with 42.3 boards surrendered per contest. The Lakers are 26th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.9 per contest. Los Angeles is 11th in the NBA with 113.4 points per contest this season. They are 1st in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 5.8. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 22nd in the league. They are 9th in the NBA in rebounding with 45.7 boards per contest and 10th in assists per game with 25.4. The Lakers are 9th in turnovers per contest with 15.2.
The Blazers are 3rd in the league in defensive rating with 114.8, and their offensive rating of 113.8 is ranked 28th. They are 13th in the NBA in pace with 100.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 14th. As a unit they are 13th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 16th in the NBA. Portland is 30th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 16th in the NBA.
Los Angeles is 9th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 24th in the NBA. The Lakers are 11th in the league in defensive rating with 106.3, and their offensive rating of 112 is ranked 3rd. They are 12th in the NBA in pace with 100.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 5th. As a unit they are 10th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 23rd in the NBA.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Los Angeles -5.5 and over 227 total points
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