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November 2, 2017

There is one pick tonight.

Take LA Lakers +7 spread (buy the half point) against Portland Blazers for 3% of the bankroll.

The Los Angeles Lakers are an improved team from last year. Luke Walton has had time to stamp his authority on this squad and has players that have bought into his philosophy. The former Golden State Warriors assistant coach has done a good job and with the backing of Magic Johnson and the rest of the front office, they are slowly showing signs of turning things around. It’ll take a few years before the popular franchise is back in the playoffs but they are at least showing signs of progress.

The Trail Blazers are the better team this season but on this particular night, they are at a great disadvantage. That’s because they played a very tough and physical Jazz squad last night and gave it everything they had, only to fall short. In a game that needed overtime to decide a winner, Portland’s tandem guard of Lillard and McCollum logged 43 and 41 minutes respectively! Fatigue will surely be a factor tonight for the hosts especially since those two were not the only players to stay on the court for heavy minutes. Nurkic and Evan Turner also played 35 minutes each making this entire group a tired one. To make matters worse, there was travel involved late last night from Utah back to Oregon which makes it considerably tougher than playing two straight games in the same venue, like when playing at home.

This is the second back-to-back game of the season for Terry Stotts team after they faced the Pacers on Oct 20th before heading to Milwaukee to face the Bucks on Oct 21st. On that night, they had serious problems closing the Bucks out. They had the lead late in the game but couldn’t contain Giannis Antetokounmpo and ended up losers right at the end by a margin of just 3 points! That was coming off an easy blowout of the Pacers in Indiana the night before, when many of their stars had their minutes limited. They already found this back-to-back situation challenging last time therefore but this time around, it’s even tougher because of last night’s OT matchup against the Jazz. Let’s also not forget that their starting PF Al-Farouq Aminu is out! The player nicknamed ‘Chief’ by his teammates got injured in yesterday’s game and will be sorely missed. He’s a hardworker who cleans up the glass and plays with a lot of passion and toughness. The Blazers will miss his personality and energy tonight.

The young Lakers are playing with some confidence after blowing out the Pistons by 20 points. Beating Detroit may not seem like that big of a deal but the Pistons were coming off victories over the Clippers and Warriors heading into that contest! Julius Randle and company enjoyed that ‘W’ against Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s former club and now have their sights set on facing a Portland team that has had their number for years. If you think the visitors might look past the Trail Blazers tonight, think again because this is a squad that has lost 12 straight times to Portland! That’s right, they have yet to win against this franchise since March 2014. Therefore it’s revenge time for them and this is their best chance to record a rare ‘W’ in Oregon! Whether they win outright or fall just short, we believe they can put up a fight and keep this game close and competitive. If that is the case, the 7 points are extremely precious and likely to come into play, even if the Lakers lose. Take the generous amount of points knowing Los Angeles is a live underdog in this matchup.

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