The Los Angeles Lakers (28-34) winners of five straight return home to welcome All-star Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers (37-26). The Blazers winners off six straight are currently third in the Western Conference. The Blazers walk into Staples Center riding a franchise record 14 straight wins against the Lakers. The last time the Lakers beat the Trail Blazers was back in 2014.
The Los Angeles Lakers are on a roll they have won four of their last five on the road games. They erased a 17 point deficient to defeat a Spurs team that were without the services of Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge but were still a team (22-7) at home. They defeated a Miami Heat team that is in the playoff picture in the east, by putting up 131 points in their building.
This Lakers team is gelling and the young core is a huge reason. They have seven players averaging in double figures. They will once again be without leading scorer Brandon Ingram (hip), but the way the Lakers have been sharing the ball lately they shouldn't have a problem scoring the basketball.
Isaiah Thomas has been playing well since being acquired. He's averaging 16 points/gm and led the Lakers in scoring in the game over the Miami Heat. He's been a spark off the bench for the Lakers, but most of all he looks comfortable in the purple and gold.
The Blazers who have slowly climbed up the standings after big wins over Oklahoma city and Minnesota look to continue it in Los Angeles. All-Star Lillard has averaged 29 points, 6 assist, and 5 rebounds since the All-Star break. Former Most Improved Player of the year CJ McCollum is averaging 22 points/game.
Those two will look to break down the Lakers all night. The question is will the Lakers accept the challenge? Or better yet after 14 straight losses to Portland does coach Luke Walton really need bulletin board material?
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