After the Trail Blazers (37-29) wrapped up their six-game road trip with a 5-1 record, it is back to Rip City for another duel at Moda Center.
The Blazers will take the court Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers (37-29) in front of fans for the first time this season. Earlier this week, the team announced they had been approved for 10% capacity, approximately 1,900 fans, starting Friday.
Friday’s contest against the Lakers will be the final meeting between the two teams this season. The series is tied 1-1.
The Lakers are coming off a 118-94 loss to the Clippers on Thursday night. Los Angeles will be short-handed again on Friday as star LeBron James will be sidelined for a third-straight game. He is not with the team.
Anthony Davis left Thursday's game with back spasms after also rolling his ankle in the first half against the Clippers. He stated postgame he hopes to play Friday, but the Lakers have not released their injury report as of the posting of this article.
With the Blazers now tied with the Lakers for the sixth seed out West, this game makes the race to the NBA playoffs that much hotter.
The Trail Blazers are 8.5-point favorites against the Lakers on Friday, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
POINT SPREAD: -- Trail Blazers: - 8.5(-110) –Lakers: +8.5 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Friday, May 7
Where: Moda Center | Portland, OR
Start time: 7:00 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Injuries: Portland G Norman Powell (right knee, patellar tendinopathy) is probable and F/C Zach Collins (left ankle, stress fracture) is out for Friday's game vs. LA Lakers.
For the Lakers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (right ankle; sprain), Anthony Davis (back; spasms), Marc Gasol (left pinkie finger; volar plate fracture) and Kyle Kuzma (left thumb; sprain) are probable; Alex Caruso (right foot; contusion) is questionable; Jared Dudley (right MCL; tear), Talen Horton-Tucker (right calf; strain), LeBron James (right ankle; sprain) and Dennis Schroder (health and safety protocols) are out.
Projected starting lineup:
For the Blazers – • Damian Lillard • CJ McCollum • Norman Powell • Robert Covington • Jusuf Nurkic
For the Lakers–
• Kyle Kuzma • Anthony Davis • Andre Drummond • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope • Alex Caruso
What happened last time:
The last time the Blazers and Lakers faced off was on Feb 26 in Los Angeles. The Lakers took down the Blazers 102-93 despite a 35-point effort from Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard. LeBron James led LA with 28 points (11-21 FG, 2-5 3-PT, 4-8 FT), 11 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, and three blocks.