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Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers 12/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Portland Trail Blazers will visit “The Big Orange” for a showdown with the Lakers at Crypto.com Arena Center in downtown LA, California on New Year’s Eve. The T-Blazers are on a 3-game losing skid after bowing out to the visiting Utah Jazz to a score of 105-120, Wednesday.

 

Portland got clobbered as Utah drained 52.9% of their shots to score a total of 120 points that included 69 at the half. Portland is 12th at 13-21 in the Western Conference and 4th in the Northwest Division.

 

The Trail Blazers are 2-8 in their last 10 matches and are playing as underdogs with a depleted roster due to injuries or on COVID protocol. Offensively Portland played well with 37 out of 88 shots and 14 of 40 from the 3-point range for 105 points in the loss.

 

All-Star PG Damian Lillard and Nick Powell carried the Trail Blazers offense posting 32 points each. PF Larry Nance Jr. delivered 14 points, a team-high nine boards,  nine dishes, and three steals.

 

  • The Portland Trail Blazers are 5-10 ATS in their last 15 matches with the LA Lakers.
  • Portland is 2-14 SU in their last 16 games down the road.
  • The total went UNDER in 12 of Portland’s last 15 games on the road against the Lakers.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions 12/31/2021

 

At “The City of Angels”, the LA Lakers suffered another loss after their recent snap from their 5-game losing slump. The Lakers lost to the Grizzlies to a score of 99-104 at FedExForum in Memphis, Wednesday. Los Angeles played well, capping 45.3% in FG shooting but lost in rebounds by four and made 18 turnovers in the loss. The LA Lakers are 7th at 17-19 in the Western Conference and 4th in the Pacific Division.

 

The Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 games of the season and like any other team, they have several players on the injured list or COVID protocol. Los Angeles is averaging 110.3 points per game with SF LeBron James leading with a team-high 28 point average. PF Anthony Davis is second in the scoring line with 23.3 points per game with 9.9 rebounds. PG Russell Westbrook adds 19.7 points with a team-leading 8.3 assists.

 

  • The total went UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers’ last 5 matches with the Trail Blazers.
  • LA Lakers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games at home.
  • The total went UNDER in 12 of LA Lakers’ last 15 games at home against Portland.

Portland Trail Blazers  Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA pick for this game is the Los Angeles Lakers. Portland and the Lakers are both struggling with their under-manned squads, but the T-Blazers are much deeper in the rut without PG CJ McCollum and center Jusuf Nurkic out of this game.

 

The Lakers may not have PF Anthony Davis in this contest but James, Melo, and Westbrook can turn around and fatally bite their opponent. Prediction: The LA Lakers will win to a score of 119-112. 

 

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers 12/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NBA Starting Time: 10:30 PM (EDT)

 

Location: Crypto.com Arena Center in Los Angeles, CA

 

Date: Friday, December 31, 2021

 

TV: NBA TV

 

NBA Odds: Los Angeles Lakers -5.5

 

NBA Totals: 230.5

 

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