Portland vs. Los Angeles Preview

The Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at STAPLES Center.

Portland At L.A. Lakers
When: 9:30 PM ET, Sunday, January 11, 2015
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, CSN Northwest (Trail Blazers), TWC SportsNet (Lakers)
PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 105, Lakers 98
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Oddsmakers currently have the Trail Blazers listed as 5½-point favorites versus the Lakers, while the game’s total is sitting at 204.

Point guard Jeremy Lin has been underwhelming most of the campaign but has strung together five consecutive double-digit outings after producing 18 points, six assists and four steals in the victory against Orlando. “I think he’s getting more comfortable and I think his confidence is coming back,” Scott told reporters. “I think he understands exactly what I want from him – it’s just a matter of going out there and doing it.” Lin is averaging 14.8 points over the last five games after scoring in single digits in nine of the previous 14 games.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 101-84 winner as they battled the Magic at home. The Lakers covered in the match as a -2-point favorite, while 185 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Team record: 12-25 SU,20-16-1 ATS
LA Lakers is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
LA Lakers is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers’s last 6 games
LA Lakers is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Since shredding the Lakers on 12-of-21 shooting, Lillard has had back-to-back 16-point outings on 9-of-27 shooting. He suffered a lower back injury when he collided with Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade on Thursday and he was clearly hampered by the injury two days later against Orlando. Lillard was just 2-of-8 from 3-point range against the Magic but has made multiple 3-pointers in 11 of the past 12 games.

Portland was a 103-92 winner in its last match at home against the Magic. They failed to cover the -14.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 195 sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

Team record: 29-8 SU,21-15-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Portland is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland’s last 6 games
Portland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Portland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road

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