Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, NBA Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Nov 17, 2023

The Lakers look to remain undefeated in NBA In-Season Tournament action when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night at Moda Center.

L.A. Lakers
November 17, 2023, 10:00 PM ET
Moda Center
Pointspread -9.5 -110
Moneyline -400
Over / Under o +226.5
Pointspread +9.5 -110
Moneyline +310
Over / Under u +226.5

The Lakers opened the tournament with victories over Phoenix and Memphis to claim a share of top spot in the Western Conference Group A standings, but have claimed victory in just one of six road dates so far this season. The Trail Blazers enter the weekend riding a five-game straight up losing streak after falling 109-95 to the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, and losing 115-99 to Utah on Tuesday night, the club is desperate for a win to maintain any hope of advancing to the knockout stage.

The Lakers arrive in Portland as lofty 8.5-point road favourites on the Friday NBA odds. The Blazers trail as +275 underdogs on the NBA moneyline, and the total is pegged at 223.5.

Lakers vs. Trail Blazers NBA Betting Odds

Things have steadily gone from bad to worse for the injury-ravaged Trail Blazers during their current five-game losing streak. After getting blown out by double-digit margins in this week’s losses to the Cavaliers and Jazz, the Blazers have now been beaten by an average margin of 10 points during their current slide. However, low expectations have helped earned them against the spread wins in five of their past eight overall. 

The Trail Blazers have also generated uneven results in recent dates with LA. The club has dropped three of four against the Lakers, capped by a 116-112 road loss last weekend, but have escaped with the win in four of five clashes on home court. The Lakers were outclassed in Wednesday’s 125-110 home loss to Sacramento, snapping a three-game surge, and have regularly faced a similar fate while going 1-5 SU, 2-4 ATS on the road, where they have allowed an average of 121 points per game.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers came out flat and never recovered in Wednesday’s loss to the Kings. The club spotted Sacramento a 38-25 first-quarter lead, and have now surrendered at least 30 points in the opening frame in nine of their first 12 games of the season. LeBron James led a valiant attempt to close the gap with his first triple-double of the season, dropping a team-high 28 points, along with 10 rebounds and 12 assists. However, a nagging calf injury that has left King James listed as questionable for Friday has contributed to some uneven results. James saw limited action in the team’s 134-107 tournament win over Memphis on Tuesday, and has failed to top 18 points in two of his past four outings. Injuries also remain a concern for Anthony Davis, who was limited to just nine points in Wednesday’s loss. Davis’ ongoing battle to overcome a hip injury leave him listed as probable for Friday. 

Portland Trail Blazers

Injuries also remain a big concern for the Trail Blazers, who remain without promising rookie Scoot Henderson and guard Anfernee Simons, both of whom remain sidelined indefinitely with ankle and thumb injuries, respectively. Veteran Jerami Grant remained one of the few bright spots on this team, which has averaged just 97 points in their past two games. Grant averaged a respectable 27.3 points per game through the first six games of November, but so his point total dip to a team-high 17 in Wednesday’s crushing loss to the Cavs. However, Grant has enjoyed consistent success when facing the Lakers, averaging 26.4 points over his past seven appearances. And with few other options, he is worth backing as a -110 bet on the NBA player props to drop OVER 28.5 points + rebounds.

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