The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers open their first-round series on Tuesday, August 18th at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. We’ll take a look at how the public is betting Game 1 of the series and beyond.
So for this first-round series, we had to wait a little bit to find out who the Lakers would be playing. I think as a result, the percentage of bets was a little down on the Lakers. It’s still a 75-25 splits in terms of bet percentage. A lot of bettors are viewing the Blazers as more dangerous than they really are — myself included. Portland has some cinderella value as the 8-seed in the West, but to upset LeBron James and Anthony Davis would be some type of fairytale.
The handle is all L.A. with 94% of the handle going towards the Lakers. LeBron and AD are making their first title push together and if you watched the Blazers play defense, you probably know there’s no stopping either All-Star. If that’s the case, we could see a quick series. I’d still lean on the side of caution with Damian Lillard on the other side of the matchup. This same Blazers team made a run to the Western Conference Finals last season. That team didn’t have a healthy Jusuf Nurkic, didn’t have Carmelo Anthony or Gary Trent Jr, yet still pushed the Warriors in a few games in the Conf. Finals.
Here’s the rest of the schedule for Lakers-Trail Blazers in the first round:
Game 1: Tue, Aug 18 Play-In Winner at Los Angeles, 9 ET, TNT
Game 2: Thu, Aug 20 Play-In Winner at Los Angeles, 9 ET, ESPN
Game 3: Sat, Aug 22 Los Angeles at Play-In Winner, 8:30 ET, ABC
Game 4: Mon, Aug 24 Los Angeles at Play-In Winner, 9 ET, TNT
Game 5*: Wed, Aug 26 Play-In Winner at Los Angeles, TBD, TBD
Game 6*: Fri, Aug 28 Los Angeles at Play-In Winner, TBD, TBD
Game 7*: Sun, Aug 30 Play-In Winner at Los Angeles, TBD, TBD
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