The Los Angeles Lakers are 20-5 all-time against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center during regular-season play. That is important to consider when making your NBA picks on Friday night, as the two teams tip things off at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Sports bettors will find that the Lakers are nine-point home favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 202.5 in the market.
Let's take a closer look at this Western Conference matchup from a betting perspective while offering up a total prediction along the way.
The Portland Trail Blazers have lost six games in a row, allowing opponents to score 108.5 points per game during that stretch.
Sports bettors will find that the Trail Blazers are 2-7 against the spread in February, with the OVER going 7-2 in that situation.
The Los Angeles Lakers have alternated wins and losses over their last seven games, but they're coming off a convincing 113-99 victory over the Boston Celtics as 6.5-point home favorites on Wednesday night.
Sports bettors will find that the Lakers are 6-6 against the spread when favored by 6.5 to 9.0 points at the Staples Center this season, while the OVER is 7-5 in that situation.
I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their NBA picks on Friday night, as the OVER is 4-1 in the last five meetings between the Trail Blazers and Lakers.
NBA Pick: Over 202.5