Blazers, Lakers to Put Hot Offenses on Display Early

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Jordan Sharp

Monday, March 5, 2018 1:58 PM GMT

Monday, Mar. 5, 2018 1:58 PM GMT

Portland is 5-1 ATS its past six games (6-0 SU) entering tonight's matchup in Los Angeles. However, with the Lakers also playing very well, the first-half total might have the best value.

Monday NBA: Trail Blazers vs. LakersFree NBA Pick: Over 108½ 1HBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Even though the Lakers will likely be without Brandon Ingram again tonight, they are starting to look very dangerous on offense. The Lakers are starting to play fast again, and it has led to them cashing the "over" in eight straight games.

While that’s tempting to chase the points and bet the "over" on the full game, the first-half total might be the better wager with our NBA picks.

The Trail Blazers have averaged 54.2 points per first half in their last five games, and the Lakers have been even better lately. Los Angeles is averaging nearly 61 points per first half over their last five games, and it has a lot to do with their pace. Since February 10, the Lakers own the sixth-best offensive rating in the league at 113.6 points per 100 possessions, and they are playing at a pace of more than 105 possessions per game.

However, if you break that down to their first-half numbers, it gets even more defined. Los Angeles has an offensive rating of 117.8 in the first half over their last eight games, and their pace in the first half of those games goes up to 106.

For whatever reason, the game total is 224 on the NBA odds board, but the first-half total is around 109, with some sportsbooks at 108½. I see this one going way "over," with the Lakers pushing the pace and with the Blazers on the road.

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