NBA: Los Angeles Lakers @ Portland Trail Blazers, Play off
- Title : NBA: Los Angeles Lakers @ Portland Trail Blazers, Play off
Portland superstar guard Damian Lillard has been ruled out of Game 5 with a sprained right knee, meaning his season and almost surely Portland's too will be over tonight. Needless to say, the Blazers are going to struggle to find points without the NBA's third-leading scorer from the regular season. In addition, the Under is 7-2 in the Lakers' past nine following a win.- even with the total dropping from an open of 226.5 following the Lillard news.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
After a surprising loss in Game 1, the Los Angeles Lakers proved that they are who we thought they were. They have won the last three games and now look to advance with a victory in Game 5 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Los Angeles has improved since Game 1 as they have blown out the Trail Blazers in two of the last three games, including in Game 4 when they won by 20 points, 135-115. LeBron James had to play just 28 minutes to score 30 points, meaning he will be plenty rested for Game 5. James added 10 assists. Six Lakers players scored in double-digits.
The total was first set at 227 but has decreased to 222.5. I am not really sure what has them believing that this is going to be a lower scoring game. You have a Lakers team looking to close this out and a Trail Blazers team that has to win to stay alive.
If they believed that Portland would win, I could see the point. The Trail Blazers would jump ahead and then try to run out the clock by keeping the ball. They are not going to win, so that strategy is moot.
Instead, the Lakers start rolling early and Portland has to do all they can to score to keep up. They will not do so, but they will die trying. The Lakers win, but I think i will go for under in the end. But I raise the line to under 225,5 .
Prediction: Over 225.5