Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers: August 20, 2020 Matchup Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on August 19, 2020

On Thursday (August 20, 2020), the Los Angeles Lakers (52-19, 0-0) square off against the Portland Trail Blazers (35-39, 2-2) in a game that Los Angeles is currently a favorite by 4.5 points. A 204.5-point total is set for the game. The clash between these two squads is one of four contests slated in the NBA for the day. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 PM ET at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Reunion, Florida.

Betting Information

Lakers vs Trail Blazers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Lakers -4.5 -142 -117 204.5 -133 -125

Computer Picks

Computer picks for Lakers vs Trail Blazers
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
Lakers (-4.5) Over (204.5) Lakers 118 Trail Blazers 108

Head to Head

In four head-to-head meetings this year, Los Angeles and Portland have a tied 2-2 record. Both the Lakers and the Trail Blazers are 2-2 against the spread in those outings.

Lakers vs Trail Blazers in 2019-20
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Result
8/18/2020 Lakers -6.5 233.5 -269 220 100-93 POR
1/31/2020 Lakers -13 231.5 -981 663 127-119 POR
12/28/2019 Lakers -5 223.5 -220 180 128-120 LAL
12/6/2019 Lakers -4.5 224.5 -196 161 136-113 LAL

Lakers Betting Information

  • Los Angeles and its opponents have covered the over/under in just 35 of 72 games this season (48.6%).
  • Los Angeles has been solid against the spread, going 36-35-1 on the season.
  • The Lakers have struggled to cover, going just 23-25-1 ATS when favored by at least 4.5 points.

Trail Blazers Betting Information

  • Portland has a losing record against the spread, going 32-40-4 ATS (covering just 42.1% of the time).
  • When they are at least 4.5-point underdogs, the Trail Blazers have not fared well, going 10-14-1 against the spread.
  • Portland has combined with its opponents to hit the over in 56.6% of matchups this year (43 out of 76 chances).

Over/Under Analysis

Lakers vs Trail Blazers Total Facts
Games Over Total % Over Total Average PPG Combined Average PPG Average Opponent PPG Combined Average Opponent PPG Average Total
Lakers 55 76.4% 113.2 228.1 107.5 223.4 220.7
Trail Blazers 70 92.1% 114.9 228.1 115.9 223.4 230.8

Lakers Leaders

  • Anthony Davis leads the Lakers in scoring (26.1 points per game) and rebounding (9.3 rebounds per game).
  • The squad is led in assists by LeBron James’ 10.2 per game.
  • Davis leads Los Angeles in both blocks and steals, averaging 2.3 blocks and 1.5 steals per game.
  • James knocks down 2.2 threes per game to lead the Lakers.

Trail Blazers Leaders

  • The Trail Blazers go-to guy, Damian Lillard, leads the team in both scoring (30.0 points per game) and assists (8.0 assists per game).
  • Hassan Whiteside collects all of the boards and is the Portland leader in rebounds, pulling down 13.5 per game.
  • Lillard makes more threes per game than any other member of the Trail Blazers, averaging 4.1 treys per game.
  • Nobody on Portland grabs more steals than Jusuf Nurkic (1.4 per game) or blocks more shots than Whiteside (2.9 per game).

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