The 41-37 LA Lakers will be on a back to back when they face the 33-44 Portland Trailblazers in an NBA pro basketball game on Wednesday night. Tip off time from Portland is scheduled for 10PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The NBA pro basketball odds from this contest has the road team LA Lakers favored by -5 points with an over under line of 202 ½ points. There has been no line movement since the odds came out a few hours ago.
The teams have met three times this season with each team winning on their home court. Portland has covered the point spread in two of the three games.
LA Lakers have a road record of 15-25 on the season. The Lakers win for the fourth time in five games after a 104-96 home victory on Tuesday to the New Orleans Hornets as a -8 ½ point betting favorite. The game finished over 193 ½ points. LA overcame a five point first half deficit by outscoring the Hornets 59-46 in the second half. The Lakers shot 50.6% from the floor and made 7 of 25 from three. They pulled down six more rebounds than the Hornets allowed New Orleans 44% shooting. Kobe Bryant had 30 points and six assists as he made 9 of his 18 shots. The Lakers hold a ½ game lead over the Utah Jazz for the eighth seed in the Western conference with just four games remaining make this game critical for the Los Angeles. For the team to make the playoffs they will need to defend and on Tuesday it was the fourth time in five games that the Lakers held their opponent to under 100 points.
The Trailblazers are 22-16 playing on their home court. They lose their eighth straight after a 96-91 home defeat on Sunday to the Dallas Mavericks as a +3 ½ point underdog. The game ended under 206 ½ points. Portland falls behind 56-32 at the half in their first game after being eliminated from the playoffs. They shot 46.2% from the floor and made just 4 of 22 three pointers. The Trailblazers allowed the Mavs 46.7% shooting and Portland had nine less rebounds than Dallas. Will Barton came off the bench to lead the Trailblazers with 22 points and 13 rebounds as he made 7 of 11 shots. Portland missed the playoffs because of poor defensive play. The team ranks 28th and third last in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage as opponents hit on 47.2% of their shots against the Trailblazers.