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NBA : ATS Matchup
Thursday 10/18/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
LA LAKERS
 
PORTLAND
+3  

-3  
+135

-155

224
 
119
Final
128

LA LAKERS (0 - 0) at PORTLAND (0 - 0)
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Board OpenLatest
505LA LAKERSPick223.5
506PORTLAND220-3
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Road Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Last 5 Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
vs opponents surrendering000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Team Stats (Road Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (All Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
vs opponents averaging000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (Road Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000

PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Home Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Last 5 Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
vs opponents surrendering000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Team Stats (Home Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (All Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
vs opponents averaging000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (Home Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Average power rating of opponents played: LA LAKERS 0,  PORTLAND 0
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/18/2018@ PORTLAND              
10/20/2018HOUSTON              
10/22/2018SAN ANTONIO              
10/24/2018@ PHOENIX              
10/25/2018DENVER              
10/27/2018@ SAN ANTONIO              
10/29/2018@ MINNESOTA              
10/31/2018DALLAS              
11/3/2018@ PORTLAND              

PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/18/2018LA LAKERS              
10/20/2018SAN ANTONIO              
10/22/2018WASHINGTON              
10/25/2018@ ORLANDO              
10/27/2018@ MIAMI              
10/29/2018@ INDIANA              
10/30/2018@ HOUSTON              
11/1/2018NEW ORLEANS              
11/3/2018LA LAKERS              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
LA LAKERS: LAST SEASON: 35-47, missed playoffs.
COACH: Luke Walton (third season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Rajon Rondo (8.3 ppg, New Orleans), G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (13.4 ppg), F Brandon Ingram (16.1 ppg), F LeBron James, (27.5 ppg, Cleveland), C JaVale McGee (4.8 ppg, Golden State).
KEY LOSSES: F Julius Randle, G Isaiah Thomas, C Brook Lopez
KEY ADDITIONS: James, Rondo, McGee, G Lance Stephenson, F Michael Beasley
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The biggest star in basketball joined this glamorous franchise as a free agent. After appearing in eight straight NBA Finals and winning three titles, the 33-year-old James accepted the challenge of starting over on the West Coast with several fellow veteran newcomers and a fairly talented young Lakers core. His ability to get the most out of this mix will be one of the NBA's most compelling story lines.
OUTLOOK: James' ability to carry a team is unquestionable, and he arguably succeeded with less help in Cleveland than he should get from these Lakers. No serious observers believe the Lakers can compete with Golden State or join Houston and Boston as true contenders for the Warriors' throne, but ending the Lakers' franchise-record five-year playoff drought would be a promising start to the LeBron era in LA.

Because of this important information, no power rating or computer score edges are posted for this game.

PORTLAND: LAST SEASON: 49-33, lost in first round.
COACH: Terry Stotts (seventh season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Damian Lillard (26.9 ppg), G CJ McCollum (21.4 ppg), F Al-Farouq Aminu (9.3 ppg), F Maurice Harkless, (6.5 ppg), C Jusuf Nurkic (14.3 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: F Ed Davis, G Shabazz Napier
KEY ADDITIONS: G Seth Curry PLAYER TO WATCH: Zach Collins. Now in his second year, the 7-footer out of Gonzaga appears poised for a breakout. He'll be watched after the departure of Davis, who was the spark off the bench for the Blazers last season. Davis was prized for his defense, and Collins seems to have the same impact. A plus was Collins' performance in the NBA Summer League.
OUTLOOK: The Trail Blazers have one of the best backcourts in the league with Lillard and McCollum, but they're up against a Western Conference field that includes the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, as well as the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers. The Blazers are likely still a playoff team, but they're in a crowded group sitting just below the sure-bets. Like last year, a lot will depend on how the core of Lillard, McCollum and Nurkic perform.
PREVIEW
James to make debut for Lakers at Trail Blazers
 

PORTLAND, Oregon -- It's not going to be just a game when the Los Angeles Lakers invade Moda Center Thursday night to face the Portland Trail Blazers in the regular-season opener for both teams.

It will be a happening.

It's the first game in the splendid 16-year NBA career of LeBron James that the future Hall of Famer will be wearing the uniform of a Western Conference club -- the Lakers, with whom he signed a free-agent contract during the offseason.

Members of the national media and a TNT audience will be watching along with a full house at the 20,000-seat Moda Center. And James has caught the fever.

"The season is here," James told reporters after a recent practice. "First of 82 (regular-season games). It will be fun."

The basketball world is intrigued to find out how well the 33-year-old James will mesh with his mostly younger teammates, and how much he can help them improve on their 35-47 record of a year ago. Thursday at Moda Center is the first step, but Lakers coach Luke Walton isn't taking it as a giant leap for mankind all in one swoop.

"We've got four years," said Walton, referring to James' contract, which calls for three years guaranteed and a player option for a fourth. "We want to make sure we're not only playing our best come the end of the season, but that he is fresh. It's a goal for us, and it's not a one-year journey."

James, who led the NBA with 36.9 minutes played per game in 2017-18, likely won't match that average this season. Even so, he figures to be on the court a lot Thursday night.

"If my body is feeling good, then I'm out there," James said. "If my body is not able to perform at the level I would like to play for my teammates, then I won't."

The Lakers could have drawn an easier first opponent that the Trail Blazers, against whom the Lakers have had no success in recent years. Portland holds a 15-game win streak in the series dating to March 2014, and has won seven in a row at Moda Center.

The Blazers mostly stood pat after going 49-33 and earning the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoffs a year ago, then getting swept in four games by New Orleans in the first round. Portland added a pair of low-cost free agent guards, Seth Curry and Nik Stauskas, to bolster its perimeter shooting game. The Blazers may also have a more significant role available now for 7-1 stretch forward Meyers Leonard, who shot .783 from the field and .727 from 3-point range in the preseason.

"Seth and Nik give us a totally different element with Meyers, the way he shot in the preseason," Portland general manager Neil Olshey said. "We brought in guys who could have more of an impact at the offensive end."

The Blazers may be without their starting small forward, Moe Harkless, who missed the entire preseason while rehabbing from knee surgery. His place will likely be taken Thursday night by third-year pro Jake Layman, who averaged 12.0 points and shot .512 from the field and .500 on 3-point attempts through the preseason.

"We're pleased with the way Jake has seamlessly stepped into that role," Olshey said.


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