Lakers vs Trail Blazers: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – February 26, 2021

The Portland Trail Blazers (18-13) will look to Damian Lillard (fifth in the league scoring 29.6 points per game) when they try to beat LeBron James (eighth in the NBA with 25.6 PPG) and the Los Angeles Lakers (22-11) on Friday, February 26, 2021 at Staples Center. The Trail Blazers are 5.5-point road underdogs in the game, which starts at 10:00 PM ET on ESPN. The matchup has an over/under of 222.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of February 26, 2021, 1:07 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Lakers vs Trail Blazers Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of February 26

Lakers:
Anthony Davis: Out (Achilles),
LeBron James: Day To Day (Ankle),
Dennis Schroder: Day To Day (Health and Safety Protocols),
Kyle Kuzma: Day To Day (Back),
Markieff Morris: Day To Day (Ankle)

Trail Blazers:
Jusuf Nurkic: Out (Wrist),
CJ McCollum: Out (Left foot),
Zach Collins: Out (Ankle),
Harry Giles III: Out (Calf)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Lakers (-5.5)
Total Pick Over (222)
Prediction Lakers 115, Trail Blazers 109

The model projects the Lakers to win, just as DraftKings does, but the model favors them by a small margin more (6.3 to 5.5).

The model predicts a total 2.2 points higher than the one set by DraftKings for this matchup.

Click here for today’s NBA betting picks from our team of experts.

Lakers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
LeBron James 33 25.6 8.1 7.9 1.0 0.5 2.4
Anthony Davis 23 22.5 8.4 3.0 1.4 1.8 0.7
Dennis Schroder 29 14.3 3.6 4.3 0.9 0.2 1.0
Montrezl Harrell 33 13.8 6.4 1.1 0.7 0.7 0.0
Kyle Kuzma 33 11.3 6.3 1.1 0.4 0.7 1.8

Lakers Player Props

  • James’ PRA prop over/under for the contest is set at 48.5, 6.9 higher than his season average of 41.6.
  • Anthony Davis’ PRA prop total for the contest is set at 37.5, 3.6 higher than his season average of 33.9.
  • James’ three pointers made prop total for the game is set at 2.5, 0.1 shots higher than his season average of 2.4.
  • Davis’ steals prop total for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.1 steals higher than his season average of 1.4.

Trail Blazers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Damian Lillard 30 29.6 4.4 8.0 1.0 0.2 4.1
CJ McCollum 13 26.7 3.9 5.0 1.3 0.3 4.8
Gary Trent Jr. 29 15.3 2.1 1.3 0.7 0.2 3.3
Carmelo Anthony 30 13.4 3.5 1.3 0.8 0.7 1.7
Enes Kanter 31 11.7 11.3 1.1 0.5 0.7 0.0

Trail Blazers Player Props

  • Lillard’s assists prop over/under for the game is set at 8.5 assists, 0.5 assists higher than his season average of 8.0.
  • Enes Kanter’s PRA prop total for the contest is set at 19.5, 4.6 less than his season average of 24.1.
  • CJ McCollum’s three pointers made prop total for the contest is set at 2.5, 2.3 shots lower than his season average of 4.8.
  • Robert Covington’s steals prop over/under for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.1 steals less than his season average of 1.6.

Shooting Trends

  • The Lakers make 48.1% of their shots from the field this season, which is 0.5 percentage points higher than the Trail Blazers have allowed to their opponents (47.6%).
  • Los Angeles has a 10-7 record against the spread and a 13-4 straight-up record in games it shoots better than 47.6% from the field.
  • Portland has an 11-5 record against the spread and an 11-5 record overall when allowing its opponents to make more than 48.1% of their shots from the field.
  • The Trail Blazers have shot at a 44.4% clip from the field this season, 0.8 percentage points less than the 45.2% shooting opponents of the Lakers have averaged.
  • This season, Portland has a 10-4 record against the spread and a 12-2 record overall in games the team collectively shoots better than 45.2% from the field.
  • When Los Angeles’ opponents shoot above 44.4% from the field, it is 8-4 against the spread and 11-1 overall.
  • The Lakers are hitting 35.1% of their three-point shots this season, 1.9% lower than the 37% the Trail Blazers allow opponents to shoot from deep.
  • Los Angeles is 8-5 against the spread and 11-2 overall when it shoots better than 37% from distance.
  • Portland is 11-3 against the spread and 11-3 overall when its opponents shoot better than 35.1% from deep.
  • The Trail Blazers shoot 38.3% from three-point distance this season. That’s just 2.8 percentage points higher than the Lakers have allowed their opponents to shoot from deep (35.5%).
  • Portland has a 14-6 ATS record and is 15-5 straight-up when the team hits more than 35.5% of its three-point attempts.
  • Los Angeles is 10-11 ATS and 15-6 overall in games it shoots over 38.3% from deep.
  • The Lakers knock down 10.9 three-pointers per game this season, 5.3 fewer makes per game than the Trail Blazers give up (16.2).
  • Portland has gone 15-7 against the spread and 16-6 overall this season in games it has out-shot its opponents from the three-point line. When Los Angeles makes fewer three-pointers than its opponents, it is 5-12 ATS and 8-9 straight up.
  • The Lakers are the 26th-best three-point shooting team in the NBA, while the Trail Blazers allow the 18th-fewest makes from deep.

Lakers vs Trail Blazers Stat Rankings

Lakers Rank Lakers AVG Trail Blazers AVG Trail Blazers Rank
18th 111.5 Points Scored 114.8 8th
3rd 106.5 Points Allowed 115.6 25th
8th 45.2 Rebounds 44.5 16th
18th 9.6 Off. Rebounds 10.8 8th
26th 10.9 3pt Made 16.2 2nd
17th 24.7 Assists 19.9 30th
26th 14.7 Turnovers 11.1 2nd

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