LeBron James and Anthony Davis begin their playoff campaign against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Lakers finished as the top seed in the West, meanwhile, Portland had to win a play-in game against the Grizzlies to take the eighth spot. Los Angeles will have their work cut out for them though, as Lillard has been in incredible form in the bubble.
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🔥 BEST: Trail Blazers +5.5 @-110
💵 Moneyline: Trail Blazers @+210
👇 Over/Under: Under 230 @-110
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Best Bet: Trail Blazers +5.5 (-110) has a 52% probability
The Lakers clinched the number one seed early in the bubble, and managed to rest a number of their stars before the playoffs. However, in doing so, they appeared to lose some rhythm, which could be costly early in the playoffs. The Trail Blazers, on the other hand, have had to work incredibly hard for their playoff spot, and although they might be banged up, they are hungry for the contest.
Our model has the Trail Blazers as a 52 percent of covering, which at -110 is worth a bet. They will push the Lakers all the way and have the quality to pull off a potential upset.
Moneyline: Trail Blazers (+210*) has a 34% probability
It should be a surprise to no one that the Lakers enter this game as favorites, however, the smart Moneyline pick is the Trail Blazers at +210. We have them as a 34 percent of winning, but considering their odds they are worth the bet. We've seen in the bubble just what Damian Lillard is capable of, and C.J. McCollum has found some form despite playing with a serious back injury. Don't sleep on Portland.
Over/Under: Under 230 (-110*) has a 52% probability
Considering the play of Damian Lillard, as well as the Lakers, it's no shock that the Over/Under mark for this game is set at a relatively-high 230 points. Our model is taking the under at a 52 percent probability and with Hassan Whiteside and Anthony Davis anchoring both defenses in the middle, it looks a great pick.
Another great playoffs matchup, with this opening game set to say a lot about where the two teams are at. The Trail Blazers are playing with serious passion and excitement at the moment, so look for them to take it up to the Lakers and make this one a serious contest. We also wouldn't be surprise if down the stretch it turned into a defensive battle.
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*odds are correct at time of publishing