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Portland Trailblazers vs Los Angeles Lakers
Both of these teams are struggling over their last five games. In fact, the Lakers rank #28 in defensive efficiency and the Blazers are right behind them at #29 in defensive efficiency over their last five games. Furthermore, both teams are allowing teams to score more than 115+ points per game in their last five games. Additionally, the Lakers love pushing the pace in their games. Currently, the Lakers rank #1 in the league in pace for the season. Lastly, three out of the last four games have gone over the total in Lakers games, averaging 235.75 points per game!
Damian Lillard To Score 25+ Points
Like so many teams in the NBA, the Blazers are a team that is dealing with several players being in the Health and Safety Protocols. Additionally, the Blazers co-star C.J McCollum has missed time due to a severe lung injury. As a result, Damian Lillard has to step up for the Portland Trailblazers. In fact, Lillard has scored 25 or more points in five out the last six games for the Blazers. In fact, Lillard has scored 25 or more points against the Lakers in 12 out of the last 13 games! I expect Lillard to continue his success against the Lakers tonight.
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LeBron James Points + Rebounds Over 35
I will keep this handicap simple. First, LeBron James leads the league this season in 30 point games. Second, without Anthony Davis in the lineup this season, Lebron James has scored 30 or more points in every single game. In the nine games without Davis this season, Lebron James is averaging 34.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He has gone over this stat projection in every game this season without Davis in the lineup!
Larry Nance Jr Points + Rebounds + Assists Over 20
As I mentioned above, the Blazers are without key players in the lineup due to being in the health and safety protocols. As a result, other players in the lineup have to step up and Larry Nance Jr. has answered that call for the Blazers. In the last two games, Nance has averaged 13 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. He has gone over this stat projection in each of the last two games. I expect another huge contribution tonight facing his former team.