3rd Quarter Report
A win for the Lakers would push their record over .500, and after three quarters of play they’ve put themselves in a good position to make it happen. They have jumped out to a 82-75 lead against the Trail Blazers.
If the Lakers keep playing like this, they’ll bump their record up to 6-6 in no time. On the other hand, the Trail Blazers will have to make due with a 3-8 record unless they turn things around (and fast).
Los Angeles Lakers @ Portland Trail Blazers
Current Records: Los Angeles 6-6, Portland 3-8
How To Watch
- When: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 10 p.m. ET
- Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter — Portland, Oregon
- TV: ROOT Sports Northwest
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
What to Know
The Lakers have enjoyed a three-game homestand but will soon have to dust off their road jerseys. They will square off against the Portland Trail Blazers at 10:00 p.m. ET on Friday at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Given that both teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this game.
The point spread may have favored the Lakers on Wednesday, but the final result did not. They took a 125-110 bruising from Sacramento. The Lakers have not had much luck with the Kings recently, as the team’s come up short the last two times they’ve met.
Despite the loss, the Lakers had strong showings from LeBron James, who dropped a triple-double on 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, and D’Angelo Russell, who earned 28 points. James continues to roll, besting his previous point total in each of the last three games he’s played. Less helpful for the Lakers was Austin Reaves’ abysmal 0-5 three-point shooting.
Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers’ recent rough patch got a bit rougher on Wednesday after their fifth straight loss. They took a 109-95 hit to the loss column at the hands of Cleveland. The Trail Blazers found out winning isn’t easy when your shooting is a whole 18.6% worse than the opposition.
Los Angeles bumped their record down to 6-6 with that defeat, which was their fifth straight at home. As for Portland, their defeat dropped their record down to 3-8.
In addition to losing their last games, the two teams failed to cover the spread. Going forward, the Lakers are the favorite in this one, as the experts expect to see them win by 3.5 points. This contest will be Portland’s 12th straight as the underdogs (so far over this stretch they are 5-6 against the spread).
This contest is shaping up to be a blowout: The Lakers have themselves a killer kicker this season, having made 48.8% of their shots per game (they’re ranked fourth in field goal percentage per game overall). It’s a different story for the Trail Blazers , though, as they’ve only made 43.3% of theirs this season. Given the Lakers’ sizeable advantage in that area, the Trail Blazers will need to find a way to close that gap. Come back here after the game to find expert analysis of the match and other NBA content.
Los Angeles is a 3.5-point favorite against Portland, according to the latest NBA odds.
Portland and Los Angeles both have 5 wins in their last 10 games.
- Nov 12, 2023 – Los Angeles 116 vs. Portland 110
- Feb 13, 2023 – Portland 127 vs. Los Angeles 115
- Jan 22, 2023 – Los Angeles 121 vs. Portland 112
- Nov 30, 2022 – Los Angeles 128 vs. Portland 109
- Oct 23, 2022 – Portland 106 vs. Los Angeles 104
- Feb 09, 2022 – Portland 107 vs. Los Angeles 105
- Feb 02, 2022 – Los Angeles 99 vs. Portland 94
- Dec 31, 2021 – Los Angeles 139 vs. Portland 106
- Nov 06, 2021 – Portland 105 vs. Los Angeles 90
- May 07, 2021 – Portland 106 vs. Los Angeles 101