Lakers vs. Trail Blazers Game 3 Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Andrew Rogers | Updated Aug 21, 2020

The Portland Trail Blazers’ chances of pulling off a monumental first-round upset took a major hit in more ways than one Thursday night.

L.A. Lakers
52-19
AT
August 22, 2020, 8:30 PM ET
The Arena
Portland
35-39
Pointspread -7.5 -110
Moneyline -355
Over / Under o +224.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

Pointspread +7.5 -110
Moneyline +285
Over / Under u +224.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

The Blazers will look to shake off a double-digit loss and an injury to their best player as they face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarter-final Saturday. Damian Lillard suffered a dislocated finger in the third quarter of Game 2, and Portland couldn’t recover en route to a 111-88 loss.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Confidence in the Lakers is high among oddsmakers, who have made LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Co. a 7.5-point favourite for Game 3. And that appears to be an effective tactic, with Sports Interaction participants nearly split (55 percent are leaning toward Los Angeles). The Lakers have struggled ATS of late, going just 1-6 in their previous seven games, but they’re 6-2 ATS in their past eight head-to-head meetings with the Trail Blazers.

The Game 2 total is sitting at 225, and there aren’t many Sports Interaction bettors who see these teams scoring more than that. An incredible 94 percent of respondents are siding with the Under, which comes as no surprise given that the Lakers have converted the Under in nine of their last 14 games. But Portland’s late-bubble scoring barrage has resulted in the Trail Blazers having surpassed the game total in six of their last eight overall.

Los Angeles Lakers

Being called a unicorn by anyone is quite a compliment. But when it comes from none other than LeBron, it carries a lot more cred. That’s just how James referred to Davis following an impressive Game 2 performance in which the first-year Lakers big man poured in 31 points on 13-of-21 shooting while racking up 11 rebounds. And the pain will probably continue against Portland; Davis has averaged more than 31 points in five meetings this season.

Portland Trail Blazers

With Lillard banged up and unlikely to return to 100 percent in this series, the pressure is squarely on the shoulders of backcourt C.J. McCollum to pick up the slack. McCollum’s 17 points per game rank second on the team through the first two games of the playoffs, but he’s shooting less than 39 percent from the floor and 31 percent from 3-point range. He also has just three assists in the series after averaging 4.4 per game during the season.

NBA Prediction: Who Will Win Lakers vs. Trail Blazers?

Laker

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