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NBA Lines – Los Angeles Lakers host Portland Trail Blazers

Posted by Marcello Messina on 3/20/2011 11:37:17 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Portland Trail Blazers this NBA lines Sunday at the Staples Center.

(39-29) Portland Trail Blazers at (49-20) Los Angeles Lakers
Live from Staples Center – CA
Tipoff: 9:30 PM EST Sunday, March 20, 2011
Broadcast: FOX WEST

NBA Lines
Los Angeles Lakers -6.5
Portland Trail Blazers +6.5
Total 186.5

The Portland Trail Blazers are hoping that they will be able to maintain their spot in the playoffs until the end of this NBA lines season.

The Trail Blazers are currently positioned in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, three-and-a-half games ahead of the ninth-placed Utah Jazz. So, with fourteen NBA lines matches remaining in Portland’s season, they will have to up their momentum if they would like to reach the postseason.

Portland is presently on a two-game winning streak, having defeated the (48-21) Dallas Mavericks and the (13-54) Cleveland Cavaliers. But they will have a much tougher matchup this NBA lines Sunday when they face the (49-20) Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers are also on a winning streak at the present moment (three consecutive victories), having won important matchups against the Dallas Mavericks, the Orlando Magic, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

But surprisingly enough, it is not Los Angeles’ prized possession, 32-year-old shooting guard Kobe Bryant, who has led them to such a feat. Rather, it has been power forward Pau Gasol that has led the Lakers to their recent success.

Gasol has averaged 22 points in his previous three NBA lines matches, 3.2 points more than his career average. He has also shot 58.3 percent from the field in the past three games.

Expect the Portland Trail Blazers to have a tough time trying to put a stop to the red-hot Los Angeles Lakers’ winning streak.

Marcello’s Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers: 103, Portland Trail Blazers: 82

Messina Mention: Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol has averaged 14 rebounds per game when playing against the Portland Trail Blazers.

NBA Lines Pick: Los Angeles Lakers (-6.5)

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