Saturday, November 3 – 7:00 p.m. PT
Blazers injuries: Maurice Harkless (out)
Lakers injuries: Michael Beasley (out – personal),
How to watch on TV: NBCSNW, NBA League Pass (outside of Portland)
How to stream: YouTube Live TV, Playstation Vue, Hulu Live TV, FuboTV, NBA League Pass(outside of Portland)
Radio: 620 AM
The Portland Trail Blazers are looking for their fourth win in a row and an incredible 17th in a row against the Los Angeles Lakers. The last time these two teams met was the season opener on October 18 at Moda Center. Portland won that contest 128-119 thanks to 28 points from Damian Lillard and 24 points from a scorching Nik Stauskas.
The Lakers are coming off a narrow 114-113 victory at home against Dallas. They appeared to be cruising in that game but gave up 32 points in the fourth quarter while scoring only 20 themselves to turn a comfortable lead into a nail-biter. LeBron James split a pair of free-throws with two seconds left to give the Lakers a one-point victory.
What to watch for
- Can the Blazers keep LeBron in check? The Lakers begin and end with LeBron James. In the season opener, LeBron scored 26 and had 12 rebounds and 6 assists. The Blazers can live with that kind of a line again. Preventing a huge night from the Lakers’ superstar has to be the highest priority.
- Expect a lot of scoring. In spite of their 3-5 record, the Lakers are averaging 121 points per game. The problem is that they are giving up 121.1 points per game. The Blazers are averaging 118.9 points while giving up 110.4. Last time these two teams played they collectively put up 247 points. Don’t be too surprised to see a combined total again above 230. 250 or 260 isn’t completely impossible either.
- Portland’s second unit needs to continue playing well. If it seems like Portland’s bench is scoring a lot, that’s because that’s exactly what is happening. Blazers subs are averaging 43.1 points per game, good for second place in the NBA. The Lakers in contrast are scoring 36.1, landing them in 27th place. A good night for the Portland bench will go a long way to ensuring a Blazer victory.