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The Trail Blazers were within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap on Thursday as they fell 121-115 to Utah. Damian Lillard continued his impressive season despite the loss, scoring 34 points and dishing out eight assists while shooting 7-of-13 from the 3-point line. CJ McCollum also had 25 points in the loss and the Trail Blazers shot 44.1 percent from beyond the arc. Portland is shooting 36.2 percent from the 3-point line this season and perimeter shooting will likely be a key on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Lakers were within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap on Wednesday as they fell 111-106 to the Clippers. Lakers forward LeBron James posted a double-double on 23 points, ten dimes, and nine boards. Load management has been a frequent topic of discussion for James and fellow superstar Anthony Davis and both are currently listed as day-to-day. However, the expectation is that both will be in the lineup on three days rest.Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers Preview & Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date/Time: 12-28-2019, 22:00 EDT / 03:00 GMT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers +3.5 Total: +225.5
Two teams sitting on mirror sides of the playoff places of the West are clashing tonight, when the eighth Portland Trail Blazers (14-18) are hosting the first Los Angeles Lakers (24-7), with both teams having lost their last two and four games, respectively, and looking to end those losing streaks tonight.
The Blazers have a 14-18 record (13-17-2 against the spread) and are sitting in the 8th place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road to the Jazz with a 115-121 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 26.9 points, adding 4.2 rebounds and a team-high 7.5 assists per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 22.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
The Lakers have a 24-7 record (16-15 against the spread) and are sitting in the first place of the West. They have four consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home to the Clippers with a 106-111 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 27.7 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds per game. He is followed by LeBron James with 25.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and a team-high 10.6 assists per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, the Lakers won on the road with a 113-136 score. The Blazers are 8-7 at home, while the Lakers are 14-3 on the road. Both teams are similar offensively, scoring 112.3 and 112.1 ppg, while the Lakers are better defensively, allowing 105.1 ppg to the Blazers’ 113.3. The Lakers have a better field goal percentage (48.1% to 45.2%), while the Blazers have a better 3-point percentage (36.2% to 35.2%). The Blazers are better both in rebounding (46.6 to 45.4) and in turnovers committed (13.6 to 15.4), while the Lakers are better in assists made (25.8 to 19.7). Bookmakers give the Lakers a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win tonight.