NBA FREE PICK: Trail Blazers -3.5
LA Lakers vs. Portland,
01/05/2012 22:30 EDT,
Score: 96 - 107
Point Spread: -3½/-102 Portland
The Trail Blazers are a perfect 3-0 at home this season, while the Lakers come into this game 0-2 on the road. The Lakers are a public favorite, and are coming into this game overrated after their 108-99 win/cover over the Rockets on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers went on the road and beat the Thunder 103-93 that same night, but Portland just doesn't get that much attention. When you couple the lack of respect and how well the Trail Blazers play at home, it's easy to see why Portland -3.5 is a strong play tonight.
Portland is 11-4-2 ATS in their last 17 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Lakers are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog of 0.5-4.5 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. BET THE TRAIL BLAZERS -3.5!