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

Nik Kowalski | Updated Dec 30, 2021

Few had the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers having losing records on New Year’s Eve but it’s the case when they meet in L.A. Friday.

Portland
27-55
AT
December 31, 2021, 10:30 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
33-49
Pointspread +5.5 -110
Moneyline +188
Over / Under o +227.5

33%

Betting Action

67%

Pointspread -5.5 -110
Moneyline -226
Over / Under u +227.5

33%

Betting Action

67%

The 17-19 Lakers are recently coming off a five-game losing streak that put them below the mark, and failed to get back to .500 on Wednesday in a close loss at Memphis. At 13-21, Portland’s not even close to their pre-season expectations and are currently on the outside of the West’s playoff picture. They’ve also dropped eight of their last 10 showings.

Tip-off at Staples Center goes at 10:30 p.m. EST with the Lakers as a 5.5¬-point home favourite and the total listed at 232.

Trail Blazers vs. Lakers NBA Betting Odds

Given the underachieving on both sides, neither club is shining against the spread too. Portland’s 12-22 against the spread on the season but 3-11 in road games while Los Angeles is 14-22 but 6-14 in home games. Portland’s also lost 14 of their last 16 road games straight up.

Head-to-head, Los Angeles has covered in 10 of their last 15 against the Trail Blazers. This is the second meeting of the season between these teams; the Trail Blazers took the first game 105-90 back on November 6. But LeBron James was out, and Anthony Davis left the game early. Davis hasn’t played since December 17 and will be out for Friday’s bout.

Portland Trail Blazers

Portland’s played their last two games with seven players missing due to health and safety protocols, as well as head coach Chauncey Billups. Guard C.J. McCollum is still out after a lung collapse too. Starting centre Jusuf Nurkic and forward Robert Covington are both on the team’s COVID list and will likely miss Friday.

With their absences, Damian Lillard and Norm Powell picked up their workload with 32 points apiece in Wednesday’s 120-105 loss versus Utah. The Trail Blazers’ three other starters combined for 19 points, which speaks to COVID is currently impacting their squad. Lillard’s 12th in the NBA with 24.2 points per game, while Powell’s averaged over 20 points a night in December.

Los Angeles Lakers

Without Davis, LeBron has elevated his game — he’s averaging just under 30 points and nine rebounds in December while shooting over 39 per cent from three. In L.A.’s most recent loss, James was a one-man show with 37 points and 13 rebounds while connecting on eight threes. Russell Westbrook added a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Westbrook now has a league-high eight triple-doubles on the year.

Guard Malik Monk has scored at least 15 points in his last three games since re-entering the Lakers’ starting lineup. It’s a strong number for the 2017 first-rounder who’s averaged 9.3 points per game over his career.

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