Thursday Quick Pick: No Defense in Lakers-Blazers

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, November 2, 2017 4:32 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 4:32 PM UTC

Portland played a tough one Wednesday in Utah, as they took the Jazz to overtime, but ultimately could not seal the deal. Now they are back at home on the second night of a back-to-back against the Lakers.

Free NBA Pick: Over 209Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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LA Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers

If there is one constant we have seen from these two teams this season, it’s their pace. The Lakers rank fourth in the league coming into tonight with a pace of 103 possessions per game, and while the Blazers are sitting only at 97.4 possessions per game their pace could be dictated by being at home and whom they are playing tonight.

Up against the Lakers, that should mean plenty of pushing the pace by Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. The best part is those two are going to be scoring in bunches. The addition of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope helps the Lakers’ defense a lot on the wing, and Lonzo Ball will eventually be a pretty good NBA defender, but not enough to stop those two.

With the Blazers coming in on their third game in four nights, the Lakers are also going to want to push the pace in order to see how fresh those Blazers are coming off an overtime loss Wednesday. With a total of just 209 points at some sportsbooks, that means the 'over' is a fine prospective wager in this one.

The 'over' has cashed in two of the last three for the Blazers, and while the Lakers continue to cash the under that should change tonight. The Blazers have zero post defense, and Al-Farouq Aminu, who was hurt last night, is doubtful. Aminu is one of their better defenders and without him Larry Nance and Julius Randle are going to run wild.

Considering the 'under' has cashed in the last three meetings between these two teams, I understand why you could be speculative. However, of the Lakers’ two road games this season one was 132-130 and the other was 96-81. Expect to see somewhere in between that here.

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