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NBA : ATS Matchup
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PORTLAND (36 - 39) vs. LA LAKERS (52 - 19)
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Tuesday, 8/18/2020 9:00 PM
Western Conference - First Round - Best Of 7 - Game 1 - Lake Buena Vista, F
Board OpenLatest
768LA LAKERS-4.5-6.5
PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games36-39-6.832-4044-30115.158.046.2%53.3116.258.345.6%55.5
Road Games18-25-8.719-2225-17114.057.345.8%51.7117.358.746.8%56.5
Last 5 Games4-1+0.72-35-0127.067.847.3%49.2125.860.850.8%53.0
Playoff Games1-0+10-11-0126.058.045.2%46.0122.052.048.9%57.0
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)115.158.042-9146.2%13-3437.7%18-2280.5%531021226126
vs opponents surrendering111.956.241-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)114.057.342-9245.8%12-3436.3%17-2279.5%521021227126
Stats Against (All Games)116.258.342-9245.6%14-3538.5%19-2577.2%551125207125
vs opponents averaging112.356.341-8946.1%12-3435.8%18-2377.5%531025218145
Stats Against (Road Games)117.358.742-9046.8%13-3537.9%20-2676.3%571226206135

LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games52-19-10.136-3433-38113.458.647.9%54.2107.654.744.8%51.5
Road Games29-11+9.819-2120-20112.657.947.6%53.4109.657.145.8%51.9
Last 5 Games1-4-5.30-53-2108.056.044.9%53.2118.259.250.8%48.6
Playoff Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.458.642-8847.9%11-3234.9%18-2472.9%541125219157
vs opponents surrendering11256.241-8945.9%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)112.657.942-8847.6%11-3234.7%18-2571.3%531024219156
Stats Against (All Games)107.654.739-8744.8%12-3334.8%18-2378.1%51923228154
vs opponents averaging112.456.341-8946.1%12-3436.0%18-2377.8%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)109.657.140-8745.8%12-3436.3%18-2377.7%52924228154
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 96.2,  LA LAKERS 96.1
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/8/2020*LA CLIPPERS117-122L-7.5L232.5O44-9048.9%471142-8549.4%5214
8/18/2020*LA LAKERS              
8/20/2020*LA LAKERS              
8/22/2020*LA LAKERS              
8/24/2020*LA LAKERS              

LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
7/30/2020*LA CLIPPERS103-101W-4.5L218U32-8239.0%531632-7443.2%5520
8/5/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY86-105L-5L218.5U31-8835.2%561134-7943.0%6013
PORTLAND: LAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-0 to Golden State in the Western Conference finals.
COACH: Terry Stotts (eighth season with Trail Blazers, 325-249; 12th season overall, 440-417).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Damian Lillard (25.8 ppg), G CJ McCollum (21.0), F Rodney Hood (11.2), F Zach Collins (8.6), C Hassan Whiteside (12.3 with Miami).
KEY LOSSES: F Al-Farouq Aminu, F Evan Turner, F Maurice Harkless, C Meyers Leonard.
KEY ADDITIONS: Whiteside, C Pau Gasol, F Anthony Tolliver, G Kent Bazemore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Blazers will count on Whiteside at center while Jusuf Nurkic recovers from a broken leg he suffered during a game in March. Nurkic probably won't return until January, at the earliest. The Blazers added some insurance at the position by signing Pau Gasol, who is also making his way back from surgery. Portland will look to Zach Collins to take the next step in his third season in the league. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum form one of the best backcourt duos in the league.
OUTLOOK: In the loaded Western Conference, the revamped Trail Blazers, with a total of seven new players, will have to come together sooner rather than later. A key will be how Whiteside gels with the rest of the team. The 7-footer was acquired in a trade with the Miami, where his production fell off last season after three strong seasons. The Blazers will again emphasize defensive improvement going into the season, something Stotts has routinely preached each fall camp. Lillard signed a supermax extension in the offseason, and appears to be a Blazer for the long haul. Expectations are high for Portland after making the Western Conference finals last season, and players say they're not going to be satisfied with simply making the playoffs, the goal now is to go deep into the postseason.
LA LAKERS: LAST SEASON: 37-45, finished 10th in Western Conference.
COACH: Frank Vogel (first season with Lakers; ninth season overall, 304-291).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Rajon Rondo (9.2 ppg), G Danny Green (10.3 with Toronto), F LeBron James (27.4), F Anthony Davis (25.9 with New Orleans), C JaVale McGee (12.0).
KEY LOSSES: F Brandon Ingram, G Lonzo Ball, G Josh Hart, G Lance Stephenson.
KEY ADDITIONS: Davis, Green, C Dwight Howard, G Avery Bradley, F Jared Dudley, G Quinn Cook.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The evolving chemistry between James and Davis will be at the forefront, but the Lakers' success in creating an immediate title contender could hinge on the supporting cast. Green must keep the outside shooting proficiency he demonstrated last season for Toronto, while Kyle Kuzma must find a role on a reconfigured roster. The Lakers' biggest early-season subplot of all might be around Howard, whose return to LA after six seasons away could be greeted by boos or cheers.
OUTLOOK: An aspiring super team takes shape around James and Davis, who joined forces to do a whole lot more than end the Lakers' franchise-record playoff drought at six years. LA expects to be a title contender with two of the NBA's best players anchoring a lineup featuring perimeter shooting from Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, fast-break proficiency from Alex Caruso and Kuzma, and sturdy defense from Bradley, Rondo and McGee. Vogel's ability to fold this talent into a cohesive unit over the next few months will determine whether the Lakers can do something special in the spring.

Because of this information, no power rating or computer score edges are posted for this game.

Hot Trail Blazers ready for top-seed Lakers

Damian Lillard has heard the chatter. He, too, believes the Portland Trail Blazers are more than up for the task of defeating the Los Angeles Lakers when the two teams collide in Game 1 of their opening-round Western Conference series Tuesday in the NBA bubble near Orlando.

The Lakers enter the series as the top seed in the Western Conference, but some believe the eighth-seeded Blazers, one of the hottest teams in the bubble, are a dangerous squad and a tough matchup, particularly with Lillard's recent tear.

"I've been seeing everybody saying what we're going to do to the Lakers," said Lillard, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The Lakers, they're the No. 1 seed in the West for a reason. They got the best player in the world on their team. But at the same time, we didn't fight as hard as we fought in the bubble to just say, all right, we're the eighth seed to go out there and just get beat up on.

"We feel like we have a chance in a series against anybody in this league. We feel like we got a chance in this series."

For Portland to prevail, it would help if Lillard's outstanding play continues. His 31 points and 10 assists allowed the Blazers to advance to the playoffs Saturday with a 126-122 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the play-in game. Lillard averaged 51.3 points in the three previous games before Saturday, including a career-high tying 61 points in a win over the Dallas Mavericks on Aug. 11.

CJ McCollum contributed 29 points against Memphis despite playing with a non-displaced fracture in his back. Jusuf Nurkic played through the grief of his grandmother dying from COVID-19 and finished with 22 points, 21 rebounds and six assists, while Carmelo Anthony added 21 points for Portland.

And with hot-shooting Gary Trent Jr. off the bench the Blazers could be a handful.

"Definitely not your typical eighth seed," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. "They've played at an elite level during this stretch in the bubble, at least offensive. We've got a ton of respect for obviously Dame and CJ and Nurkic but really for their whole team and their whole culture."

However, the Blazers will be without starting forward Zach Collins, who has been ruled out of Game 1 with left ankle inflammation. Wenyen Gabriel will start in his place.

The Blazers were 1-2 against the Lakers during the regular season but Lillard was at his best in their last meeting, scoring 48 points by hitting seven 3-pointers with 10 assists and nine rebounds in a 127-119 victory during an emotional evening in Los Angeles on Jan. 31. It was the Lakers first game after the death of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

But that was more than six months ago.

"We know what time it is," said Lakers forward Danny Green, according to the Times. "We have a lot of vets on this team. You know, it's time to lock in and focus regardless of what's happened before the bubble, in the bubble up to this point. None of it matters. We have to be ready from the tip."

Vogel said point guard Rajon Rondo has been medically cleared to play after having surgery on his fractured thumb on July 15 but that he's unlikely to play in Game 1. Rondo practiced Monday for the first time since breaking the thumb in practice on July 12.

The Lakers, set for their first playoff appearance in seven years, are 9-2 in playoff series all-time against the Blazers.

Portland advanced to the Western Conference finals last season before they were swept by the Golden State Warriors.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 1/27/2021 5:31:06 AM EST

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