Portland Trailblazers vs LA Lakers- 4/3/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
ESPN TV will be televising a doubleheader on Friday April 3rd and the late night game features the LA Lakers at home to the Portland Trailblazers from Staples Center with a start time set for 10:30PM Eastern Time. NBA draft tips will follow from each of the five positions available for cash fantasy leagues.
The Portland Trailblazers have a mark of 48-26 on the year. With eight games remaining in the regular season the Trailblazers hold a seven game lead over second place Oklahoma City Thunder. By winning the Northwest Division the Trailblazers are guaranteed no worse than the fourth seed and with that come home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. The second seed out west is occupied by the Houston Rockets and the Trailblazers are three games behind. Finishing second in the West gives that team home court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs.
It has been a very poor season for the LA Lakers as they enter the game with a record of 20-54. At the All Star Break it was apparent that the team would not be competing for a playoff spot. The team than had to turn their attention to protecting their first round pick which would go to the Philadelphia 76ers should the team finished as the sixth best team or better in the league at the end of the regular season. LA has just eight games remaining in the regular season and is currently the fourth worst team in the league. The sixth worst club in the NBA is the Sacramento Kings who have a mark of 26-48. LA is down six games to Sacramento with eight games remaining and if the Lakers can finish behind the Kings then LA will be able to keep their first round draft pick.
Portland Trailblazers Point Guards: Damian Lillard is coming off a very good performance on Wednesday as he scored 18 points and dished 10 assists in a victory against the Clippers. The Lakers are a bad defensive team so Lillard has taken advantage of the deficiency by averaging 29 points and nearly seven rebounds in three games against the Lakers this season to delight of NBA mock draft participants. Lillard shot 57% from the floor in those contests.
Portland Trailblazers Shooting Guards: With Wesley Matthews out for the year with an Achilles’ injury veteran Aaron Afflalo has seen an increase in minutes. Against the Clippers on Wednesday Afflalo had 14 points and five rebounds hitting 6 of 11 shots. He is getting his opportunities for shots as the veteran guards has attempted 11 shots in each of his past three games.
Portland Trailblazers Power Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge is the Trailblazers team leader. He has averaged 25 points per game over his past five games with 8 ½ rebounds. Against the Clippers on Wednesday Aldridge drained 10 of 22 shots for 29 points with six rebounds.
Portland Trailblazers Small Forward: Nicolas Batum is healthy now as he has battled numerous injuries on the year. He has averaged over 30 minutes per game and is coming off a 21 point and four assists game against the Clippers on Wednesday as he made 5 of 7 three pointers. Batum is 12 of 18 from the three point line over his past three games.
Portland Center: Chris Kaman has returned to the lineup after a shoulder sprain. Over his past three games Kamen is putting in about 17 ½ minutes per game with an 11 point and 7 ½ rebounding per game average.
LA Lakers Point Guard: Rookie Jordan Clarkson out of Missouri could be a keeper for Los Angeles into next season. After posting a double double against Philadelphia on Monday Clarkson was about to pour in 18 points and dish out ten assists on Wednesday in a loss to New Orleans.
LA Lakers Shooting Guard: LA loses Wayne Ellington for the rest of the season due to injury. Jabari Brown was signed to a full contract after his ten day contract expired. In five games with the big club Brown is averaging 11 points and two assists.
LA Lakers Power Forward: Rookie Tarik Black has seen an average of 24 minutes per game over his five contests and the Kansas Jayhawks product contributed with 16 points on Wednesday against New Orleans.
LA Lakers Small Forward: Wesley Johnson has fought inconsistencies of late as the veteran has scored in single digits in three of his past five games despite averaging 31 minutes on the court.
LA Lakers Center: Jordan Hill has gobbled up rebounds for LA of late as the former Arizona Wildcat product is averaging 11 boards per game over his past three games.
NBA Mock Draft Picks to Play Fantasy Basketball Cash Leagues:
PG: Damian Lillard (Trailblazers)
SG: Arron Afflallo (Trailblazers)
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge (Trailblazers)
SF: Nicolas Batum (Traiblazers)
C: Jordan Hill (Lakers)