24 Jan

2024 NBA picks, January 21 predictions from proven model

We’ve got another exciting Western Conference matchup on the NBA schedule as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers are set to tip at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday at Crypto.com Arena. Los Angeles is 21-22 overall and 15-8 at home, while Portland is 12-29 overall and 5-17 on the road. The Lakers won the two previous matchups between these teams this season.

For Sunday, Los Angeles is favored by 10.5 points in the latest Lakers vs. Trail Blazers odds, and the over/under is 228 points. Before entering any Lakers vs. Trail Blazers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 13 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 42-23 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning nearly $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

The model has set its sights on Portland vs. Los Angeles. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for the game:

Lakers vs. Trail Blazers spread: Lakers -10.5
Lakers vs. Trail Blazers over/under: 228 points
Lakers vs. Trail Blazers money line: Lakers: -542, Trail Blazers: +400
Lakers vs. Trail Blazers picks: See picks here
What you need to know about the Lakers
The point spread may have favored the Lakers last Friday, but the final result did not. They received a tough blow as they fell 130-112 to the Brooklyn Nets despite entering the game favored by 7 points. Anthony Davis put forth a good effort for the losing side as he dropped a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds. LeBron James also had a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

However, both players are listed as questionable for Sunday’s matchup, with Davis currently day-to-day because of an Achilles injury while James is day-to-day with an ankle issue. However, Portland has injury issues of its own to deal with, as Shaedon Sharpe (adductor) has been ruled out and Anfernee Simons (illness) and Scoot Henderson (nasal contusion) are questionable.

What you need to know about the Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers have not had quite the year their fans were hoping for to this point, but back-to-back wins may be a sign of good things to come. They narrowly escaped with a win as the squad sidled past Indiana 118-115 on Friday.

The Trail Blazers can attribute much of their success to Jerami Grant, who scored 37 points, and Malcolm Brogdon, who scored 30 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists. They’ll have to continue to carry a heavy scoring load with Sharpe out and Simons/Henderson ailing.

How to make Lakers vs. Trail Blazers picks
The model has simulated Lakers vs. Trail Blazers 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that hits nearly 60% of the time. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

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