Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 8/30/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Sunday, August 30, 2020
Location: AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -11
Kyle Kuzma and the Los Angeles Lakers host the Portland Trail Blazers at AdventHealth Arena on Sunday in Game 5 of their series. Los Angeles opens this game as 11-point favorites. The O/U is set at 227.
The Lakers lead the series 3-1 after a dominating 135-115 win in Game 4. LeBron James paced the Lakers with 30 pts, 10 assists, and 6 boards. Jusuf Nurkic had a good game in the loss for Portland, tallying 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 dimes.
The Blazers are covering 43.4% of the time, having gone 33-43-3 ATS. Los Angeles is covering 52.7% of the time, going 39-35-1 against the spread.
Key Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
12/06/19 SG Rodney Hood Achilles is out indefinitely
08/24/20 PG Damian Lillard Knee is questionable Wednesday vs LA Lakers
08/18/20 SF Nassir Little Dizziness is out indefinitely
06/28/20 SF Trevor Ariza Personal is out for season
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
08/24/20 PF Anthony Davis Back is upgraded to probable Wednesday vs Portland
08/23/20 PG Rajon Rondo Back is questionable Wednesday vs Portland
06/28/20 SG Avery Bradley Personal is out for season
Carmelo Anthony averages 15.4 points per game in 32.8 minutes per contest. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 6.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%. CJ McCollum comes into this contest averaging 22.2 points per game while playing 36.5 minutes per night. He pulls down 4.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is at 76%.
Anthony Davis averages 26.1 points per game and he sees the court an average of 34.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 9.3 rebounds per contest and 3.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 85%. Kyle Kuzma averages 12.8 points per game while playing 25.0 minutes per contest. He grabs 4.5 rebounds per game and has 1.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 74%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Blazers allow 116.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the arc, ranking them 11th and 29th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.9 rebounds a game which ranks 27th, and they give up 24.9 assists per contest which puts them in 20th place in the league. They force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 4th in the league. Portland averages 115.1 points per contest this season, which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.1 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 14th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 3rd in the league. They average 45.2 rebounds per game and 20.6 assists per contest, which ranks them 12th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 28th with 12.8 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Lakers surrender 107.6 points per contest, which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 8th and 8th in those defensive statistics. They rank 7th with 23.4 assists allowed per contest, and 2nd with 42.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Lakers are 26th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.9 per game. Los Angeles is 11th in the league with 113.4 points per game this year. They are 1st in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 5.8. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 22nd in the NBA. They are 9th in the league in rebounding with 45.7 boards per game and 10th in assists per contest with 25.4. The Lakers are 9th in turnovers per game 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.
Who will win tonight's Blazers/Lakers NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Portland +11
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