The Los Angeles Lakers (6-6) and Portland Trail Blazers (3-8) face off in the In-Season Tournament match at Moda Center on Friday, November 17th.
In their most recent meeting, the Lakers lost against the Sacramento Kings to end their three-game winning streak. In that game, Anthony Davis ended with only nine points and nine rebounds, which was equal to his lowest point score of the season. After defeating the Suns 122-119 and the Grizzlies 134-107, the Lakers are top of the competition with an ideal 2-0 record. They will play the struggling Trail Blazers in an attempt to make it a flawless 3 wins from 3. In terms of shooting percentage, Los Angeles are averaging 112.8 points on 48.6 percent and giving up 115.9 points on 46.4 percent but these numbers could go down as star LeBron James is questionable with a calf injury.
The Trail Blazers had a 3-3 record at the beginning of the season, but after showing promise, things have soured. Upon losing against the Cavaliers 109-95 in their most recent game, Portland’s regular season record fell to 3-8. Portland has now lost 5 straight games.
Portland’s field goal percentage versus Cleveland was just 37.4%. Jerami Grant ended with 17 points on 7 of 17 shooting from the field, Shaedon Sharpe finished with 11 points on 2 of his 12 field goal tries, and Duop Reath produced 16 points off the bench. Additionally, Scoot Henderson, the third overall selection, is still absent for at least one more week due to an ankle issue. Malcolm Brogdon’s availability to play versus the Lakers is also in doubt because of a hamstring trouble.
Portland needs to win this game to advance further in the first-ever In-Season Tournament, while the Lakers and Jazz are both at 2-0 and the Suns have 3 games remaining.
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Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers Information
- Date: 11/17/2023
- Time: 10:10 PM ET
- Location: Moda Center, Portland, OR
- How to Watch Lakers vs Blazers : NBA TV
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass