Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers Preview

The Portland Trail Blazers came off the chute to win their first two games, surprising critics and delighting fans. Now it’s time for the next test: Sunday morning on the road against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

On Friday night, the Blazers opened up the fixture schedule with a daring 113-111 overtime win over Phoenix Suns. Damien Lillard defied the skeptics with 41 points, but significant contributions came from both the top and bottom of the list. Josef Nurkic, in particular, won special praise for his 20 points and 17 rebounds.

At the other end of the emotional scale are the Lakers, the losers of the first two games. It’s never a great sign when your fans spend more time creating fake deals than they do supporting your team. However, make no mistake, this team has talent and has shown special flashes on the defensive end. If they can get more shots to bring them down, they can turn into a team doing damage in the West. Especially if they trade.

Sunday October 23 – 12:30 PM PT

How to watch on TV: Root Sports Plus, SPECSN, and NBA League Pass

Blazer injuries: Gary Payton II (O) Olivier Sarr (O) Trendon Watford (O)

Lakers injuries: LeBron James (probable), Anthony Davis (probable), Tony Brown Jr (probable), Dennis Schroeder (excluding), Thomas Bryant (excluding) Cole Swinder (excluding),

SBN Ally: silver screen and rewinding

the match

  • Russell Westbrook. It would be hard to overstate how poorly the Lakers have shot in the last two games. While Westbrook isn’t the only culprit responsible for the Laker’s shooting problems, he was certainly the most disdainful recipient, from fans and those who cover the Lakers alike. The sample size is of course small, but it depicts 30.4% of the field and a microscope of 11.1% of the depths. Westbrook has two ways to help his team improve: take some shots or stop shooting. It would be wise to encourage Portland Westbrook to see beyond door number one. Expect to see the Blazers practically beg for him to let him fly, especially from behind the bow.
  • Beware of the rate of rotation. The Blazers and Lakers are tied for the 19th worst turnover so far this young season, averaging 16 per game. However, the Lakers are now second in the NBA in forcing competitors to average 20.5 per game. That’s an average of four turnovers committed by Lakers opponents more than Portland opponents. Winning the staff turnover battle can be an important key to winning this game.
  • Seize the momentum. Lakers fans are worried. After opening with two losses, many Lakers supporters already had visions of another lost season with LeBron moving up the roster. Emotions will be high. Portland can either use that to its advantage or suffer the consequences. If the Blazers can jump the Lakers, it will not only be Portland players that LeBron and the company will face, but also the 20,000 fans in the arena. Even a LeBron may not be strong enough to withstand this load. On the other hand, if the Lakers get a sniff of real success, it could be a growing healing wave in Los Angeles that the Blazers will be difficult to deal with. Not letting the Lakers find momentum is absolutely essential for Portland to emerge victorious.

What do others say

Kyle Gwon from the Orange County Register He sees list problems and there are no easy answers for the Lakers.

During their first two games, the Lakers had the lowest offensive rating in the NBA (94.5 points per 100 ownership). While their small sample size came up against two likely title contenders and with a mostly slate, early results were contradictory: The Lakers are 19 to 85 out of a 3-point range, contributing to a 38.8% shoot overall.

Russell Westbrook? Bill Blashch from the Los Angeles Times Words are not pronounced.

They can’t move forward with him. They will eventually be forgotten by it. They need him gone now.

Although the season started 0-2, Cooper Halpern from the silver screen and winding He sees reason for optimism about the Lakers.

After two games against some of the league’s best defenses, the Lakers averaged the fifth most three open goals in each game. If true, they might experience some serious positive regression which would undoubtedly boost their offensive rating.

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