blazersvs lakers

prediction

the last matchup

between these two teams was on December 31st, 2022. Lebron James had a monster 43 point game and the Lakers shot 55%. Portland didn't turn the ball over much, but only shot 35% as Dame went 1 for 8 from three. 

game implications

this is an important game for both teams, as the Lakers sit in 9th place and the Blazers in 10th. A win here would put each team within playoff reach and keep out a close rival. 

lebron james

received an MRI on his knee which showed 'general swelling", so don't expect him to suit up vs the Blazers. 

damian lillard

is still recovering from surgery to repair a core injury that was causing chronic abdominal pain

injuries

predictions

Lebron and Dame are both out, but the Blazers are riddled with injuries. Davis, Westbrook and Monk will combine to give the Lakers a 10 point win.