NBA Betting Siding Against Lonzo Ball & the LakersPosted by: Charlie Smith
One of the biggest stories of the 2017 NBA betting season involves the professional debut of Lonzo Ball. Before Ball was drafted by the Lakers, his father LaVar made sure to build his son’s brand by making ludicrous statements week in and week out; my son is already better than Steph Curry, I would have beat Jordan in my prime and the Lakers are going to the playoffs. Most people who bet on NBA games online would agree that all three of those statements, and most things that come out of LaVar’s mouth, are utter nonsense. But ultimately, it’s Lonzo that’s going to have to ‘cash these checks’ not his father. And what have we seen from Lonzo so far? Well, it’s still too early to call him a bust, but he’s no Steph Curry.
This Thursday night, Ball will have an opportunity to ball out as the Lakers travel to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers. This matchup will be the second contest of the evening, with the Warriors and Spurs going at it beforehand. Let’s take a gander at what kind of game online sportsbooks are predicting for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers this evening.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Thursday, November 2nd
When: 10:30 pm ET
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Stream: TNT Drama, NBA League Pass
NBA Betting Lines:
Portland Trail Blazers -7 ½ (-110) 210 ½ (-110)
Los Angeles Lakers +7 ½ (-110) 210 ½ (-110)
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland blazes into this evening’s contest sporting a 4-4 record that ranks the franchise 4th in the Northwest Standings and 9th in the Western Conference. Coming off of a .500 season, the Trail Blazers will be vying to finish the year with a winning record. Portland got off to a decent start this year and it looked like they were closing in on that winning record. However, they’ve hit a recent slump as they’ve lost their last two NBA betting matchups in a row. Now facing a team a hungry as the Lakers, Portland will need a strong effort if they are to deliver a rebound this evening, but at least they’ll get home field advantage.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers enter tonight’s contest sporting a 3-4 record that ranks them 4th in the Pacific Division and 12th in the Western Conference overall. It’s not the start LaVar envisioned for his son’s team, but they are at least on track to finish with a better record than the 26-56 record they delivered last season. Los Angeles is coming off a big 113-93 win over the Detroit Pistons that showed that this team can ball with the best of them.
Speaking of Ball, Los Angeles’ star rookie is currently averaging 10.4 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, and 7.0 assists per matchup as well – which leads the Lakers. Those numbers aren’t all that bad for a rookie, especially considering the team he’s playing for. There’s no question that Ball has a LeBron-esque ability to raise the talent and abilities of the players around him and it’ll be interesting to see how far this Lakers team can go with him maneuvering things on the court.