Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Odds and Predictions: Lakers vs Trail Blazers 26 February
Los Angeles Lakers suffered one more defeat at the hands of Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. The last season champions are now on a 4 game losing streak. Friday night they will be up against Portland Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers too have had bad last few games. They are on a 3 games losing streak and currently they are placed at 5th position in Western Conference points table.
With home advantage, Lakers will be looking forward to end their losing streak. However, Lakers have lost last 3 of their home games at Staple Center, the latest one being against the Washington Wizards. Currently Lakers after 22 wins and 11 losses are at 3rd position in Western Conference points table.
On Wednesday night game, Utah Jazz gave Lakers their worst defeat of this season’s NBA. At half time Jazz maintained a 20-points lead over the Lakers and by the end of game they were leading the Lakers by over 20 points. The game ended in 114-89 points in favor of Jazz with LeBron James’ streak of games with at least 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists being snapped, he had 4 assists and 4 rebounds in the game could add 19 points for his team.
The Lakers stars as favorites for this game but both the teams have been struggling since last few games. The latest Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Odds and Predictions updated as on 26th February.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Odds and Predictions: NBA 2020-21 Form
Los Angeles Lakers have been favorites of winning this season’s NBA title from the very beginning of the season. However, they did not have a good start, they lost their very first game of this season against Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. They were back to form by winning back to back two games before losing to Portland Trail Blazers.
In their next five games, Lakers won 4 and lost 1. Since then they have been on a roller coaster ride. They have had series of victories with very less defeats. However, in last 4 games, they NBA 2020-21 hit a road block. They have lost all of their 4 games which pushed them to 3rd in Western Conference points table, that is behind Los Angeles Clippers.
The Portland Trail Blazers have had a mixed bag of journey this season. Starting with a defeat at the hands of Utah Jazz, they defeated Houston Rockets by a wafer thin margin of 2 points in their very next game. They defeated their Friday night challenger, Los Angeles Lakers after defeating Rockets before losing to Los Angeles Clippers by over 20 points.
The Trail Blazers have had alternative victories and defeats. In 31 games this season, they have won 18 and have lost 13 games. Their latest victory was against New Orleans Pelicans and since then they have been on a 3 games losing streak. Last defeat came at the hands of Denver Nuggets in an away game.
Friday night game will be a must win for both the teams. The Trail Blazers have already the Lakers in this season, but Lakers will be looking forward to cash in their home advantage despite losing last 3 of their home games.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Odds and Predictions: Head to Head
The Trail Blazers and Lakers have come against each other 231 times. Lakers have had a slight advantage over the Portland Trail Blazers in head to head encounter.
Los Angeles Lakers have won 122 games while the Portland Trail Blazers have succeeded on 109 occasions.
In last five games between the two teams, the Trail Blazers have won 3 while Lakers defeated Blazers on 2 occasions. The latest game between the two team was back in December, 2020. Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by 115-107 points.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Odds and Predictions: Players to Watch Out
Los Angeles Lakers:
The Lakers star LeBron James will have to up his game when they take on Trail Blazers on Friday. The Lakers will be heavily relying on LeBron James which has been quite evident in the last couple of games. This season he has averaged 25.8 points and 8.1 assists with 8.2 rebounds.
Montrezl Harrell who plays at the center has been a great support to James. He has pitched in 13.8 points per game and has an average of 6.4 rebounds.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope after a good game against Wizards struggled once again in the last game delivering only 5 points.
Kyle Kazuma who plays as a forward has averaged 11.5 points and 4.2 dribbles per game. The small forward is expected to do a far better job against Trail Blazers to get rid off the losing streak.
Portland Trail Blazers:
Damian Lillard is the lead guard with an average of 29 points and 7.2 assists in 24 games. He was on fire as he accumulated 34 points and 11 assists against Mavericks.
Enes Kanter who has played at the center position has tons of experience in NBA with an average of 11.1 rebounds and free throw percentage of 77.8 in the current season.
Derrick Jones Jr. will be the small forward in the side has to do a lot better than 7.2 points in every outing so far. Robert Covington who looked out of sorts did a decent job in his last outing as he made 15 points and 5 rebounds.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Odds and Predictions: Predicted Winner
Both Lakers and Trial Blazers are struggling to get back to their winning streak. The Lakers do have an home advantage and will be favorites to win this game against the Trail Blazers. However, they have already suffered a defeat at the hands of Trial Blazers in this season.
FiveThirtyEight puts Lakers ahead of Trail Blazers for this game. They predict Lakers to have an easy victory. As per the platform, Lakers have 72% chances of beating the guests, while Trail Blazers have only 38% chance of beating Lakers.
The latest Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Odds and Predictions will be updated on the game day. However, the outright predictions for this season’s NBA have Lakers ahead of Trail Blazers.
As per Oddschecker and SMarkets, the outright predictions, Lakers are favorites to win this season and retain their championship while the Portland based side is one of the top 10 favorites to win the NBA title but are below the Lakers.