Lakers vs Portland: will the underdog force the fight?

Lakers

19/08/2020, 01:00 GTM
NBA

Odds: 1.5

Portland

Last year, teams met three times and as a result of these meetings, the Lakers are leading, having 2 victories against one in Portland. This year teams played only one match in February. Portland won. The game clearly showed the dominance of Portland, as the Lakers were able to get ahead of their rival only at the end of the second quarter and in the other three, the Portland were head and shoulders above.

Lakers

LeBron James and the company sagged somewhat and this is even noticeable to the naked eye. The impression was that the team simply neglected the last matches, because they understood perfectly well that the first place in the Western Conference would not go anywhere.

The Lakers have won only three matches since the restart, but the club continues to be among the top contenders for the championship. Frank Vogel is betting on a stellar duo, which is why Anthony Davis arrived in Los Angeles early in the season.

The Lakes will face a worthy rival in the first round of the playoffs, so the favorite will hardly be able to relax, rather the opposite - they will have to turn on the speed.

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Portland

The Blazers made their way to the playoffs with their own hands. The team worked very hard and quite rightly took the eighth line in the Western Conference. Recall that in the last meeting, Terry Stots' charges defeated Memphis and secured the right to play in the 1/8 finals.

After the restart of the season “Portland” was simply unrecognizable, especially the leader Damian Lillard, who worked wonders on the floor in almost every fight. The team lost only twice, as it turned out to be weaker than Boston (124-128) and Clippers (117-122).

Now the “trackers” will have to confront the “Lakers”, although after they have passed the “Blazers” they are not afraid of any opponent.

Prediction

Despite the presence of LeBron James, the team has not looked very well lately. Frank Vogel's wards need to gather strength, otherwise it will be extremely difficult to pass Portland with such a game.

In our opinion, the Blazers are now on the move and capable of repelling the Lakers or at least avoiding the defeat so accurately, so we expect that the bet on the positive odds of Terry Stots' team will pass.

Our prediction is the victory of the Portland Trail Blazers, taking into account the handicap (+9.5) points for the odds of 1.50 in BC 1xBet

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