By Greg Dempson
If there is one team the Trailblazers have owned over the years it’s the Los Angeles Lakes, especially of late, as Portland has now won nine in a row straight up as well as going 8–1 ATS including 4–1 ATS at home in the last five games during the past three seasons. The Lakers will be without point guard D’Angelo Russell for up to two weeks with a MCL sprain.
The Lakers are on a 6–11 ATS run since December 22 and they’re only 1–6 ATS in the past two weeks.
Since November 22, 2015 the Trailblazers have won and covered their most recent five games vs. the Lakers as follows:
PORT – 2.5 at LAL, 107–93
PORT – 8.5 H LAL, 108–96
PORT –11.5 H LAL, 121–96
PORT –6.5 at LAL, 118–103
PORT –2.5 at LAL, 108–87 on January 10, 2017.
Dating back to 1996 Portland is 32–15 ATS vs. the Lakers.
What is the significance of the number 218 and the year 2017? My answer’s at the end of this article!
- The Lakers are 14–27 ATS in road games after losing five or six of their last seven games during the last two seasons losing by an average of 15.1 points per game.
- Portland is 16–05 ATS in home games when playing only their second game in five days in the last two seasons.
- The Lakers are also on a lengthy streak that is –83.20-units when off two or more games that stayed under the total.
- Portland is 46–26 ATS in home games off an upset win as a road underdog.
- The Lakers are 09–21 ATS in a road game where the total is 210 or greater during the last two seasons.
All Systems Go
- Play against underdogs of 3.5 to 9.5 points that allow 103+ points per game when playing against an opponent that’s off a game whereby they scored 110 or more points. This system is 100 – 65 = 61% ATS the past five seasons.
- After failing to cover the spread in three of their last four games, play on favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 when playing against an opponent that’s failed to cover the spread in four of their last five games. This system is 65–37 = 64% ATS the past five seasons.
- Answer to Trivia and Tonight’s Every Edge selection
- The Lakers loss to the Spurs on January 12/2017 by a score of (134–94,) was the franchises largest defeat to San Antonio in 218 games. If that wasn’t bad enough they played at Dallas on Sunday and recorded their worst ever loss in franchise history, (122–73,) a 49 point drubbing.
- Okay, should-a, could-a, would-a but I didn’t play my opinion on the underdog Raptors last night, it was a winner but doesn’t count vs. my official record here at Every Edge which is 1–0 in the NBA. My College selections will begin this Saturday.