Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5 Western Conference. Probably the last game for the Trail Blazers, unless the team tries to get out of the 3-1 gap. In the third game the Trail Blazers gave way too much to the Lakers. For now James and Davis remain the primary tools in the team’s playoff victories.
Portland Trail Blazers: This is almost impossible.
The million dollar question is whether the Trail Blazers can get out of the hole. But very few teams in NBA history have done it. In the most recent game of this round against the Lakers, the team lost the first with a crash. But they won the second half with a great effort that did not help to lose 115-135.
The team is scoring an average of 102.75 points per game in the playoffs. In the last game the weakness of the Trail Blazers defense was noticed by allowing 66.1% FG points against the Lakers. Turnovers were also a headache, 14.2 for the Trail Blazers during that game. The defense has allowed an average of 113.75 points in four games against the Lakers.
Damian Lillard was off in Game 4 of the round, just 11 points for him. Nurkic was the only player to score 20 points. The bench worked hard from the start but Lillard’s lack of points was needed. But the bad news is that Lillard won’t be available tonight due to knee problems.
Los Angeles Lakers: Time to close the round.
The Lakers know that with Lillard out due to injury the chances of winning today and going to the next round are great. The team is playing well, despite being dependent on the health of James and Davis, everything is going well. In the last game the dominance was absolute in the first half. Few points are expected from each side for this game, but anything can happen.
The team has maintained the same average since the regular season for the first round of the playoffs. For now the Lakers are scoring 113.5 points per game, 51.10 FG points and 11.04 three pointers in the playoffs. In the three wins against the Trail Blazers, the Lakers won by more than ten points, completing the spread easily.
LeBron James scored 30 points in the fourth game. Davis only 18 and 62.5% FG points. Danny Green scored three 3-pointers, one less three than James. Howard also did his job with 13 points off the bench and Kuzma with 18 points. Some players are on the disabled list for minor injuries but all are likely to play tonight.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers 08/26/2020 is: take the UNDER 222.5 (TOTALS).
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