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

Charlie Grant | Updated Dec 06, 2019

Carmelo Anthony, Trail Blazers, 2019

The 10-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony is averaging 16.9 points while shooting a respectable 38.7 percent from 3-point territory.

L.A. Lakers
52-19
AT
December 06, 2019, 10:30 PM ET
Moda Center
Portland
35-39

Last decade, a matchup between LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony was appointment television. Fifteen years later, NBA fans are tuning in again to see these longtime friends and rivals on the court hoop against each once more. 

The Lakers seek out their 20th victory of the season when they travel north to take on new-look Blazers on Friday night.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Lakers continue to take the league by storm a year after failing to make the playoffs in LeBron James’ first campaign as a member of the Purple and Gold. Los Angeles is atop the Western Conference standings at 19-3 following its 25-point win at Utah on Wednesday.

The result improved the club to 13-9 against the spread on the season – and 10-1 straight up away from home. That’s good enough for the best road record in the Association. That’s music to the ears of LA moneyline bettors, but spread players have seen the club cover just six of 11 as the away team.

Portland’s season was teetering on the brink of implosion just a little more than three weeks ago. The results were so bad the Blazers decided it was worth the risk to bring Carmelo Anthony out of basketball purgatory. 

They’ve gone 4-1 over their last five games, but they’re still four games under .500. Portland is coming off a win and cover at home against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

The Lakers are 3-0 ATS in their last three games against Portland and the Under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between the two sides.

Los Angeles Lakers

It’s safe to say the pairing of James with Anthony Davis is going well. But the All-Star duo isn’t the only reason for LA’s success story. Dwight Howard was considered an afterthought when he was signed to replace DeMarcus Cousins.

Howard is excelling in the role of the back center. He’s averaging 7 points, 7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in a little less than 20 minutes per game. The Lakers are outscoring their opponents by 10.8 points per 100 possessions with Howard on the floor.

Portland Trail Blazers

Who said there’s no such thing as happy endings? The Blazers signed Carmelo Anthony for the rest of the season after an impressive first eight games with his new team. The 10-time All-Star forward is averaging 16.9 points while shooting a respectable 38.7 percent from 3-point territory.

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