through 3 quarters
The Los Angeles Lakers were set to win this one, and they’re only a quarter away from meeting that expectation. After the three quarters, it looks more and more like their powerful offense is too much for the Portland Trail Blazers as the Lakers lead 101-77.
Los Angeles was led by small forward LeBron James, who has so far achieved a double-double with 36 points and 13 rebounds in addition to four assists. LBJ is on the verge of surpassing its season high of 39. One thing to watch out for is Stanley Johnson’s deplorable situation as he’s currently at four.
Portland enjoyed the team combination of shooting guard Ben McLemore and power forward Larry Nance Jr. The former has 22 points, while the latter has 13 points with nine boards.
That’s the most points Los Angeles have yet this season heading into the fourth quarter.
Portland @ Los Angeles
Current records: Portland 13-21; Los Angeles 17-19
What there is to know
The Los Angeles Lakers will return home after a two-game road trip. They and the Portland Trail Blazers will end the year against each other at 10:30 p.m. ET Friday at Crypto.com Arena. Both teams suffered a loss in their last game, so they will have a lot of motivation to get the âWâ.
The Lakers were within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap Wednesday as they lost 104-99 to the Memphis Grizzlies. The losing team was bolstered by small forward LeBron James, who shot 8-on-14 from downtown and finished with a double-double with 37 points and 13 rebounds in addition to seven cents. LBJ’s night made six straight games in which he scored at least 31 points.
Meanwhile, Rip City 2021 ended in a 120-105 loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. Shooting goaltender Anfernee Simons had a fairly forgettable game, playing for 29 minutes but accumulating just seven points on a 3-on-13 shot.
Los Angeles are the favorites in this one, with an expected margin of victory of 5.5 points. At 6-14 ATS at home, they’re no cash cow. That said, the Trail Blazers aren’t that hot on the road, where they’re 3-11.
The losses put the Lakers at 17-19 and Portland at 13-21. A few defensive stats to keep in mind as you watch: Los Angeles are the fourth-worst in the league in points against per game, averaging 112.4. Portland had its own struggles as it allowed its opponents to shoot 47.60% from the floor on average, which is the highest allowed percentage in the league. It’s possible that one of those Achilles’ heels will end up tripping the losing team.
How to watch
- When: Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET
- Or: Crypto.com Arena – Los Angeles, California
- TV: NBATV
- Online broadcast: fuboTV (Try free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- To follow: CBS Sports app
- Cost of the ticket: $ 79.00
The Lakers are a solid 5.5-point favorite against the Trail Blazers, according to the latest NBA odds.
Bettors were in line with the betting community on this one as the game opened with a 5.5 point spread and stayed there.
Over / Under: -110
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History of the series
Portland have won 17 of their last 26 games against Los Angeles.
- November 06, 2021 – Portland 105 v Los Angeles 90
- May 07, 2021 – Portland 106 vs. Los Angeles 101
- February 26, 2021 – Los Angeles 102 vs. Portland 93
- December 28, 2020 – Portland 115 v Los Angeles 107
- Aug 29, 2020 – Los Angeles 131 vs. Portland 122
- Aug 24, 2020 – Los Angeles 135 vs. Portland 115
- Aug 22, 2020 – Los Angeles 116 vs. Portland 108
- Aug 20, 2020 – Los Angeles 111 vs. Portland 88
- Aug 18, 2020 – Portland 100 vs. Los Angeles 93
- January 31, 2020 – Portland 127 v Los Angeles 119
- December 28, 2019 – Los Angeles 128 vs. Portland 120
- December 06, 2019 – Los Angeles 136 vs. Portland 113
- April 09, 2019 – Portland 104 v Los Angeles 101
- November 14, 2018 – Los Angeles 126 vs. Portland 117
- November 03, 2018 – Los Angeles 114 vs. Portland 110
- October 18, 2018 – Portland 128 vs. Los Angeles 119
- March 05, 2018 – Portland 108 v Los Angeles 103
- December 23, 2017 – Portland 95 v Los Angeles 92
- November 02, 2017 – Portland 113 vs. Los Angeles 110
- March 26, 2017 – Portland 97 v Los Angeles 81
- January 25, 2017 – Portland 105 v Los Angeles 98
- January 10, 2017 – Portland 108 v Los Angeles 87
- January 05, 2017 – Portland 118 v Los Angeles 109
- January 23, 2016 – Portland 121 v Los Angeles 103
- November 28, 2015 – Portland 108 v Los Angeles 96
- November 22, 2015 – Portland 107 v Los Angeles 93
Los Angeles injury report
- LeBron James: Decision at the end of the match (Abdomen)
- Avery Bradley: Decision during the match (Head)
- Rajon Rondo: absent (Covid-19)
- Kendrick Nunn: Out (knee)
- Anthony Davis: out (knee)
Portland injury report
- Robert Covington: absent (Covid-19)
- Trendon Watford: match-time decision (Covid-19)
- Keljin Blevins: decision to be made during the match (Covid-19)
- CJ McCollum: outside (chest)
- Cody Zeller: Released (Covid-19)
- Jusuf Nurkic: absent (Covid-19)
- Brandon Williams: absent (Covid-19)
- Anfernee Simons: absent (Covid-19)