Portland hits the road Friday night as they head to Staples Center to match up against the Los Angeles Lakers. This will be the Lakers' first game since the passing of Kobe Bryant earlier this week.
Let's take a closer look at where the value is at in this matchup.
Portland Trail Blazers: +600
Los Angeles Lakers: -850
Portland Trail Blazers +13: -110
Los Angeles Lakers -13: -110
Over 229.5: -110
Under 229.5: -110
Key Points to Consider
Last Time Out for Portland: Portland heads into this one playing with a ton of momentum, a big reason why our analyst is taking the points. They've won three of their last four, with Damian Lillard coming off a triple-double performance vs Houston their last time out.
Last Time Out for LA: The Lakers had their last game (vs Clippers) postponed following the tragedy surrounding Kobe Bryant. They did lose their last time out, 108-91, vs Philadelphia.
X-Factor: Portland's newest addition -- Trevor Ariza -- is already making an impact. He's averaging 16.3 points per game in 35+ minutes per night since joining the team. Against the West: The Lakers are 23-4 this season against Western Conference teams.
Projected Leaders For the Blazers, Damian Lillard is projected to finish with 30 points on 48% shooting, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 1 steal.
For the Lakers, LeBron James is projected to finish with 34 points on 61% shooting, 12 assists and 8 rebounds.
Analyst's Pick Portland to cover. Four-star (out of four) hot trend pick on the spread here. Average margin victory for L.A. is +8 points.
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