Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers: Match Preview and Predictions - 6th December 2019
Date and time: Friday, 6th December 2019, 10:30 PM ET
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Last game results
Los Angeles Lakers (19-3): 121-96 win against the Utah Jazz (4 December 2019)
Portland Trail Blazers (9-13): 127-116 win against the Sacramento Kings (4 December 2019)
Los Angeles Lakers preview
The Los Angeles Lakers have been the most consistent team in the NBA so far. They have a league-best 19-3 record and look like a really strong championship team.
Several fans were quick to point out that the Lakers have had a favorable schedule thus far which is the reason for their good record. However, they proved that they can beat the big teams too as they won two tough matches on road against the Nuggets and the Jazz and will be looking for another win against the Blazers.
Key player - LeBron James
In year 17 of his NBA career, LeBron James is still looking like the best player in the league. He is leading the league in assists per game and has looked terrific being the floor general for the team.
He is averaging 25.4 points, 10.8 assists and 7 rebounds per game and has played in all 22 games for the Lakers. He had 20 points and 12 assists in the last game against the Utah Jazz.
Lakers predicted lineup:
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Javale McGee
Portland Trail Blazers preview
The Portland Trail Blazers struggled in the NBA in the initial few months. They were lying near the bottom of the Western Conference. But over the course of the past few weeks, they have rediscovered some of their form from last year.
The Blazers currently have a 9-13 record and are lying at the 9th place in the Western Conference playoff standings. They have won 4 of their last 5 games and are just 1.5 games shy of the 8th placed team, Phoenix Suns.
Key player - Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony joining the Blazers has been one of the best stories of the season. Before joining the Blazers, Melo was unable to find any suitor for almost a year in the NBA.
But Melo has been superb for the Blazers. He has started in all the matches that he has played and has been a great veteran addition to the squad. He is averaging 17 points and 6 rebounds per game and has featured in the last 8 games for the Blazers.
Blazers predicted lineup
Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Rodney Hood, Carmelo Anthony, Hassan Whiteside
Lakers vs Blazers Match prediction
The Lakers have been superb so far this season and are on pace to win 70+ games. The Blazers made the Western Conference Finals last season. Both the teams are very strong in the Western Conference and feature some of the biggest NBA superstars.
I predict the Lakers to get a tight win in this match against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Where to watch Lakers vs Blazers?
This Western Conference match-up can be seen on Spectrum Sportsnet and FOX Sports Prime Ticket. You can also stream it live online with NBA League Pass.