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NBA Picks: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Jeff GrantContributor IApril 10, 2013

NBA Picks: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

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    The Los Angeles Lakers have dropped 12 of their last 14 road games against the Portland Trail Blazers, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks on Wednesday night as the two teams meet up at the Rose Garden.

    Sports bettors will find that the Lakers are 5.5-point favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 201 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Western Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction on the total along the way.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Los Angeles Lakers have won four of their last five games, including a 104-96 victory over the New Orleans Hornets as 8.5-point home favorites on Tuesday night.

    Sports bettors will find that the Lakers are 2-5 against the spread as road favorites of 3.5 to six points this season, with the OVER going 4-3 in that situation.

Portland Trail Blazers

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    The Portland Trail Blazers have lost eight games in a row, including a 96-91 setback to the Dallas Mavericks as 3.5-point home underdogs on Sunday.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Trail Blazers are 4-7-1 against the spread as home underdogs of 3.5 to six points, with the UNDER going 7-5 in those 12 opportunities. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their sports betting picks on Wednesday night, as the OVER is 5-1 in the last six meetings in this series.

    NBA Pick: Over 201

     

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