Portland Trailblazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Odds, Prediction, and Pick
This upcoming week we have a huge late night match-up between two of the strongest teams in the Western Conference this season. The Portland Trailblazers have put together a record of 15-13 this season, and find themselves sitting just in the playoffs currently as the 8th seed in the West. The Los Angeles Lakers on the other hand are 16-12, and while they aren't sitting happy with 12 losses this year, they are riding as the fifth seed in the playoff picture. But what makes this match-up so interesting? Well, that definitely has to have something to do with the fact that these two teams love to go at it when they get matched up. This is also a game that will be on prime time television, and tip off is set for 10:30pm EST on TNT.
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The Blazers have gone back and forth this entire season, but they've currently lost three of four games through the 14th, and the need to get it back together soon before the All-Star break. This team is led by a strong core of players that includes LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Marcus Camby, and Jamal Crawford. This team looks and feels like a playoff team, but they just need to get it together and continue to play team basketball to get to that point.
The Lakers on the other hand are led by none other than Kobe Bryant. Some people feel that Kobe may be past his prime, but he's out to prove that his game is just as strong as ever, and many people are starting to believe that. Along with Kobe though, they have two incredible big men in Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, who cause some serious problems for the inside game of other teams. This Lakers team may not be the strongest that they've been in past years, but they have some talent across the board, and could potentially be making some additions before the trade deadline comes to an end as well.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Portland Trailblazers: TBD
- Los Angeles Lakers: TBD
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» Free Prediction
I'm incredibly excited for this game, but it's one that I definitely have strong feelings for. While both teams are very solid, the Lakers have been excellent at home, and have posted an 11-2 record on their home court at the Staples Center. The Blazers on the other hand have struggled mightily on the road, as 10 of their 13 losses have come away from home. This all points to a big game for the Lakers and a nice home win in my opinion. I'll be taking the Lakers to win it here by about seven.
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers- 104 Portland Trailblazers- 97
» Free Pick
While many people will be expecting a close game between these two rivals, I just love Kobe on his home court. I also think that Bynum and Gasol will have a strong game as well to help the Lakers pull out a nice victory here.
Pick: Los Angeles Lakers