15* NBA Friday PLAY OF THE DAY on Portland Trail Blazers +9
Portland vs. LA Lakers,
03/23/2012 22:30 EDT,
Score: 96 - 103
Point Spread: +9/-101 Portland
Any time the Los Angeles Lakers are this big of a favorite, I look to fade them. I did so with success just a few games back. They were an 11-point home favorite against Utah, but lost 99-103 less than a week ago on March 18th.
This is a team that I follow closely. I know that the Lakers always seem to play to their competition. They can look great against the best teams in the league, but they can also look terrible against some of the worst teams in the game. Recent examples of that are upset losses to Detroit and Washington in consecutive nights. They also lost to Utah and Houston in back-to-back games as favorites.
Portland has been going through a tough stretch of late, which has them undervalued right now. I still believe this team has better talent than over half of the teams in the league, and it's only a matter of time before they figure it out. Portland took a step in the right direction last night with a 97-93 home victory over Memphis. They'll be motivated to see if they can beat the Lakers here tonight.
The Lakers are 6-15 ATS when playing 6 or more games in 10 days this season. Portland is 20-8 ATS versus good rebounding teams - outrebounding opponents by 3+ per game over the last 3 seasons. The Lakers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5, and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a home favorite. Bet Portland Friday.