The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers will look to avoid adding another loss to their recent skids on Friday night in the second game of ESPN’s doubleheader. The Lakers come in with a 22-11 record but have lost four consecutive games and are coming off a 114-89 road loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
Portland will enter Friday’s game with an 18-13 record and a three-game losing streak. The Trail Blazers lost to the Denver Nuggets 111-106 on Tuesday night and will conclude a three-game road trip on Friday.
Anthony Davis remains out, but it appears the Lakers will get their starting point guard Dennis Schroder back after missing every one of the four straight losses.
Trail Blazers vs. Lakers, 10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Pick ATS: Lakers -5
The return of Dennis Schroder to the lineup will be a huge factor for the Lakers on Friday night, and they will cover this spread at home. He is the team’s third leading scorer and second leading assist man, and the Lakers struggled to compete without two starters this past week. Let’s go with Los Angeles to snap the streak by covering at home.
Player Prop: Damian Lillard U30.5 (-110)
The return of Dennis Schroder helps the Lakers in a variety of ways including on the defensive end where he is a solid defender. Portland point guard Damian Lillard is averaging 29.6 points per game and has been held under 30 in each of the last two games. Los Angeles struggled with him when these two matched up in late December with Lillard scoring 31 points, but the Lakers should put together a solid defensive effort at home, keeping him under 30.5 points.
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