After making the most impressive break in the opening games of the NBA playoffs, the Blazers are facing once again the Lakers. The LA squad is struggling, being 1-5 in their last 6 games. They will be looking to even the series tonight. On the other hand, Portland is red hot and 7-1 in their last 8.
Date/Time: 08-20-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -6.5 Total: +228.5
Los Angeles Lakers
Lakers finished the regular season with a 52-19 record (36-34-1 ATS). They were first in the West. They have won only once in their last six matches. In their last game, they lost against the Blazers in Game 1, 93-100. They were a -6.5 favorite and failed to cover the spread.
Anthony Davis leads the team in scoring with 28 ppg, adding 11 rebounds per game. He shoots with just 33% from the field in the postseason. LeBron James follows with 23 ppg and team-highs both in rebounding with 17 and in assists made with 16.
Portland Trail Blazers
Blazers finished the regular season with a 35-39 record (32-39-3 ATS). They were eighth in the West. They have lost only once in their last eight matches. In their last game they won against the Lakers in Game 1, 100-93. They were a +6.5 underdog but managed to cover the handicap.
Damian Lillard leads the team in scoring 34 ppg, adding 5 rebounds and 5 assists. CJ McCollum adds 21 ppg and 5 rebounds.
Both teams are tied 2-2 wins this season.
Portland has a better offense (114.9 to 113.2). LA has a better defense (107.5 to 115.9).
Lakers have a better FG% (47.8% to 46.2%) and are better both in rebounding (45.9 to 45.3) and in assists made (25.3 to 20.6).
On the other hand, Blazers have a better 3pt% (37.7% to 34.6%) and commit fewer turnovers (12.8 to 15.1).
Bookmakers give the Lakers a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They will be better prepared this time and they won’t let the Blazers get a 2-0 lead at any cost.
Blazers vs Lakers Game 2 Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -6.5 (-111)
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