Pro Basketball Picks -- Blazers Look to Continue Winning as They Visit Lakers


Portland, which has covered its last three games against the basketball lines, is one of those teams that is embroiled in a race for playoff position. With a record of 48-27, they are 2.5 games behind the Houston Rockets, who play at Brooklyn on Tuesday night and are, for the moment, without Dwight Howard. Obviously there is a big difference between being fourth and fifth in the West, because it means home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Lakers don't have any post-season hopes to worry about, and on many nights they've had their hands full just trying to avoid being humiliated. That was the case against Minnesota on Friday night, as they allowed the Timberwolves to shoot 67% (an NBA high for the season) on the way to getting clobbered 143-107. But this Laker team has been unpredictable, in the sense that it can come up with a shocker every once in a while, and they turned around after that and beat the Phoenix Suns by double digits, in a game where Chris Kaman scored 28 points with 17 rebounds.

The status of Pau Gasol is uncertain; the Los Angeles power forward as a case of vertigo, although critics have cited him for sitting out games where he shouldn't. Kobe Bryant decided to just sit out the rest of the season with his knee injury, even though he probably could have come back. That's the way things have gone for the Lakers this season.

Aldridge came up big for the Blazers in their last game against Memphis, scoring 28 points, and it is clear that Portland needs its All-Star power forward healthy. The Blazers are looking for some payback for home loss they suffered in the last encounter with the Lakers, who got a dunk off an inbounds pass from Wesley Johnson and took a 107-106 decision on March 3.

Can the Lakers defend their home court with a covering effort against the NBA odds? You'll get your answer from Final Score Network, which has a premium pro basketball pick on this game. So don't waste any more time - contact them.

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