Portland – La.Lakerse / Lakerse over 93,0 @1,90
Lakerse are underestimated here due to bad start of season. It is fact that they lost a lot this year. First they lost S.Brown and Odom , than Gasol was demoralised by the stories of him being trade material for Paul , and later for Howard. Bryant wasnt also satsfied with that situation , and while this all was happening he started to divorce procedure against his wife. Fisher is worse than last year , but there are also some plus points like Blake who got better on the PG position and as it seems he should start instead of Fisher in the startiong lineup. They got Barnes who is an average player more a back up player , but Artest was moved to the bench so the Lakerse rotation in the absence of Odom and Brown want lose much quality. Mcroberts was a great signing but as it seems he aint gonna play due to injury , but still nothing decided. Bryant will play under injections due to his wrist , but this is more-less same situation whole season. So much minus points for Lakerse you wonder why to play this ?? Only because of Bynum . After dealing with his suspension he is showing that he is maybe the best center in the league after Howard , he is averaging 23ppg and 17reb in 3 games , and has his first 20+20 ( ppg+reb ) match against the Houston Rockets. Gasols motivation is unknown for me , but he seems like a smart guy , and in the paint this is a fantastic duo Gasol + Bynum , gasol has shoulder problems but his apperance tonight is sure. And than you add form the outside line Bryant and that preaty much is a great offensive force . Fisher , Blake , Artest and Barnes all of them can score from 3 point line. With the absence of Mcroberts i expekt Bynum and Gasol playing a lot. They have surely an advantage against Blazers PF and C ***8211; Wallace and Aldridge in matter of height and physic , but the Blazers duo is quicker. The closest to the Blazers roster is the Nuggets roster , a couple of even players playing very homogenic and quick without any major star . As the bench by the Lakerse is the major problem , also the situation by the Blazers isnt any better. With J.Crawford and N.Batum they have 2 great subs , but thats it , on K.Thomas and C.Smith as subs for forward positions , they dont have a real sub for Camby who isnt the healthyest , playing in average around 18-25 minutes so i see some time Aldridge on the center , and his physic and Bynums isnt fair to compare.
I see Lakerse going above 90 points , mostly due to the Bynum factor and the strenght in the paint . Portland eventualy must decide on who to focus on Bryant or Bynum+gasol , despite them playing real slowly sometimes i think the Lakerse will crack the 90 points line from where the 93 and 94 line isn’t far away.