NBA Blazers vs Lakers Game 2 Preview and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers

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. 

Head-to-Head

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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