Date/Time: 04-09-2019, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers +9.5
In this all-Western battle between two teams on opposite fates regarding the upcoming postseason, the playoff-bound Portland Trail Blazers, who have lost only once in their last 4 games, are visiting the already eliminated Los Angeles Lakers, who are looking to extend their current small winning streak.
Blazers are 51-29 so far in the league and are sitting on the fourth place of the Western Conference. They are 3-1 in their last 4 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Denver at home, 115-109. Lakers are 37-44 so far in the league and are sitting on the tenth place of the Western Conference. They have won their last 2 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Utah at home, 113-109.
Top Basketball BookmakersPortland are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 25.9 ppg. He also adds 4.6 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 6.9 per game, while CJ McCollum follows with 21.1 ppg, adding 4.1 rebounds per game. LA are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.4 ppg. He also adds 8.3 assists and leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 per game, while Kyle Kuzma follows with 18.7 ppg, adding 5.5 rebounds per game but both of them are unavailable tonight.
LA lead Portland 2-1 wins so far this season and they have been victorious in the previous game in Los Angeles by 9 points. LA are 22-18 at home, while Portland are 20-20 on the road. Portland have both a better offense with 114.5 ppg to LA’s 111.9 and a better defense, allowing 110.3 ppg to LA’s 113.6 ppg. LA have a better accuracy from the field (47.1% to 46.6%), while Portland have a better accuracy from behind the arc (35.7% to 33.3%). LA dish more assists per game (25.5 to 23.1), while Portland commit fewer turnovers (13.3 to 15.2) and are better in rebounding (48.1 to 46.5). Portland are the only team with incentive tonight and expect them to get away with an easy road win against the inferior Los Angeles team.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -9.5 (-108)