The Los Angeles Lakers head north on Monday to battle the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center in their second game with D’Angelo Russell back in purple in gold. Russell shined in his return to the Lakers and will look to bring that momentum to Portland. The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, are 1-3 in their previous four games and could use a change of luck.
Let’s check the latest NBA news, stats, injury report and NBA lines for the Lakers vs Trail Blazers. We’ve got plenty of NBA picks for you to consider.
Lakers Snap Losing Streak
The Lakers are coming off an impressive win over the Golden State Warriors, which snapped a three-game losing streak. The win was impressive because it featured a new player in his debut and happened on a night that LeBron James was on the bench. Dennis Schroder scored 26 points, while Russell chipped in 15 points, five boards, and six assists. The new addition did exactly what the Lakers needed him to do. Russell slotted right back into his old team and didn’t miss a beat.
Saturday was also the first time the Lakers covered a game since the beginning of February, winning by six points as +5½ point underdogs. It was a nice change for a team with a 26-29-2 against the spread (ATS) record, but we will need to watch this team a bit more before we make a call on which direction it is heading after the trade deadline.
There is a potential for both James and Anthony Davis to miss Monday’s game. Davis is probable, while James is questionable after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury. While the Lakers haven’t given us much to go on, the rumor mill is rife with chatter that his foot injury is serious.
Trail Blazers Struggling on Defense
The Blazers’ lack of defense continues to get in their way of consistent wins. Friday against the Thunder was the latest example of this. The Trail Blazers, who led at the end of the third quarter, were outscored 35 to 24 in the fourth and lost a very winnable game.
There is only so much Damien Lillard can do, and his 38-point game on Friday wasn’t enough to escape the Thunder with a win. Friday was also the third game in the Blazers’ previous four that they failed to cover the spread.
The Blazers are a sub-.500 team, and will stay there unless they can step it up on defense. They get beat up in the paint and on the fast break and have one of the worst defensive three-point shooting rates in the league.
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Lakers vs Trail Blazers Head-to-Head
The Lakers lead the season series 2-1 straight up and ATS with wins in LA and Portland. The Over/Under is 1-4 in the previous five meetings between these rivals.
Lakers vs Trail Blazers Game Information
- Game: Lakers (26-31) vs Trail Blazers (27-29)
- Location Moda Center, Portland, OR
- Day/Time: Monday, Feb. 13, 10:00 p.m. ET
- Lakers vs Trail Blazers Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Lakers vs Trail Blazers Picks and Prediction
With Russell stepping up immediately in his return to LA and Davis dominating the paint, the Lakers are a valuable underdog on the road. It’s a perfect matchup for the pair to continue to gel, and if James does play, that would be a major boon.
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Lakers vs Trail Blazers Previous Game (Jan. 22, 2023)
After splitting the first two games, the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers play the third of four games in their season series on Sunday. LA won the most recent bout 128-109 and covered easily as 6½-point favorites. Sunday’s spread again is 6 ½ points, but should we expect the same results?
The Lakers laid the smackdown on Portland in their previous meeting, and I think this game will be a continuation of that. Don’t expect another 25+ point victory, but the Lakers are in a good spot to dominate this game wire to wire-and walk away with the No. 12 spot in the conference.