Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Pick – August 18, 2020
The first bubble playoffs in NBA history have already started, and Tuesday brings the opening game of the Western Conference first-round series between the No. 8 seed Portland Trail Blazers and No. 1 seed Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers enter this matchup as massive -550 favorites to reach the next round, while the Trail Blazers are listed as +425 underdogs to eliminate LA.
I bring you all-important betting tips and trends along with the best Trail Blazers vs. Lakers betting pick for Game 1.
Trail Blazers vs. Lakers Odds
|Trail Blazers +5.5||-110|
|Trail Blazers to Win||+200|
|Lakers to Win||-225|
As it was expected, the Lakers are firm -225 moneyline favorites on Bovada. Still, the bookies are anticipating an interesting game to watch, setting the Trail Blazers as 5.5-point underdogs. Three of the previous four matchups between the Lakers and Blazers were decided by eight or fewer points.
Of course, you can check out the top NBA betting sites to find the odds and alternative lines that will help you make the best moves. Picking an alternative spread or totals is often crucial in basketball.
Trail Blazers vs. Lakers Preview
The Trail Blazers are 7-2 straight up and 5-3-1 ATS in the bubble, coming off a 126-122 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in the play-in series. Interestingly, eight of their nine games in Kissimmee went in the over, while the Trail Blazers have been surrendering 123.2 points per contest.
On the other side, the Lakers went 3-5 SU and 1-7 ATS in their eight outings in the bubble, while half of their games went in the over. Still, keep in mind that the Lakers have already had a big lead ahead of their rivals, so they’ve been pretty relaxed in the last two weeks.
Damian Lillard will be a key guy for the Trail Blazers, while the Lakers need to focus their defense on the 30-year-old playmaker. Dame has been averaging 46.2 points per game over his last four outings.
Also, Lillard has been tallying 36.0 points and 9.0 assists per game in three meetings with the Lakers this past regular season.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis will lead the way for the Lakers, and the Trail Blazers will have a mountain to climb against this duo. In three regular-season encounters with Portland, Davis has been posting 32.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per contest.
The Lakers are 2-1 SU and ATS against the Trail Blazers this term, while they are 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS over their previous six encounters with Portland.
Trail Blazers vs. Lakers Pick
I think the Trail Blazers will struggle with fatigue in the opener. They’ve had some exhausting games over the last ten days, while the Lakers should be fresh and raring to go. Furthermore, I expect Anthony Davis to dominate the Blazers, and the Lakers’ inside game will be a big factor in this matchup.
Therefore, I’m taking the Lakers to cover, but I’m picking the alternative line just in case we get a really tight clash down the stretch.