Under normal circumstances nine out of ten times I would give this game to the Lakers even on the road at this stage in the season but given what’s happen to this unrecognizable Lakers team so far with only 20 wins, while on the other hand the amazing turn around the Blazers have had it is impossible not to give this game to Portland. They beat LA in game one and I expect the same outcome here, the Lakers do not have the quickness in any guard to cover Lillard while Aldridge is dominating his opponents in the post with a newly added turnaround jumper that has increased his scoring by 11%.
The Lakers are without everyone, I mean watching this team play and there is no way you can even see a shell of their normal selves. They are hurting and their veterans are out, the young guys they have are selfish knowing that there is a big chance they will get traded during the offseason to help in the rebuilding of this team, so playing for their own stats has become the primary target for the players. I would not go as far as to say they are tanking but the possibility is there and it just looks terrible to see this team go through this with Bryant on the bench.
Portland will not only have the personnel advantage but the home court one too, they have had their share of trouble with the Lakers in past season’s so I can be sure that the Blazer’s fans will make sure they let the Lakers know just how unwanted they are. This will be an inside out game for Portland as they start their offense from the post and use the guards to cut to the rim looking for the easy play, I don’t even expect too many fouls because the Lakers guards do not have the quickness to even stay with Portland in full speed.
Portland is -13 in this game, highest spread against the Lakers that I can ever remember seeing, not only will they win but they will cover; I expect them to dominate to Lakers because of the experience and speed.