POR vs LAL Dream11: Los Angeles Lakers the third and the final road-trip game against Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center, on Saturday morning. This was supposed to be the toughest stretch for the Lakers this season so far, but Frank Vogel's men did what they were doing against the so-called smaller teams, and that's outplaying the opponents. Lakers first got the better of Denver Nuggets 96-105 and followed it up with another magnificent defensive display against the Utah Jazz, beating Donovan Mitchell and Co. 96-121 to improve the regular-season record to 19-3. LeBron James' team is sitting comfortably at the top of the Western Conference pile.
Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are doing a fantastic repairing job on their poor start to the season. The good recent showing has pulled them closer to their main rivals, and on to the fringes of playoff positions. Following the 127-116 win over the Sacramento Kings in the last game, the Blazers are 4-1 in the last five games.
Total Games: 227
Portland Trail Blazers: 107
Los Angeles Lakers: 120
Host: Portland Trail Blazers
Visitors: Los Angeles Lakers
Match Timing: December 07, @08:00 AM
Venue: Moda Center
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Anthony Davis: He is a monster on the court, so big that he is almost impossible to contain. He is leading the charge for the team in points, rebounds and steals per game.
Points Per Game: 26.0
Rebounds Per Game: 9.1
Assists Per Game: 3.2
Steals Per Game: 1.4
Blocks Per Game: 2.7
LeBron James: The King is ruling the NBA at the moment. Believe it or not, at 34, he is a genuine candidate for NBA MVP. He may be heading towards his fourth NBA title
Points Per Game: 25.4
Rebounds Per Game: 7.0
Assists Per Game: 10.8
Steals Per Game: 1.4
Blocks Per Game: 0.5
From Lakers, the likes of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green can be your game-changer.
Damian Lillard: He is the absolute superstar in this team. He is somebody who is an MVP level player on Blazers' roster. He is leading the team in points, assists, and steals per game.
Points Per Game: 26.6
Rebounds Per Game: 4.6
Assists Per Game: 7.4
Steals Per Game: 1.1
Blocks Per Game: 0.5
X-Factor: Hassan Whiteside – He will have to do a lot of defending here, so his offence may be on the downside here. Still, a game-changer.
Portland Trail Blazers Team News:
Gary Trent Jr. (status questionable) – Trent (muscle injury) has been listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision.
Status is out for Zach Collins (shoulder injury) and Jusuf Kurkic (leg injury). No other injury problems.
Portland Trail Blazers squad: Damian Lillard, Carmelo Anthony, CJ McCollum, Kent Bazemore, Hassan Whiteside, Skal Labissière, Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., Nassir Little, Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja, Rodney Hood
Los Angeles Lakers Team news:
Anthony Davis (status probable) – As per NBC Sports, Anthony Davis (shoulder soreness) is probable for the next game against Blazers. He should be fine for this match.
Kyle Kuzma (status doubtful) – Kuzma (ankle) should be fine for the game as well.
Avery Bradley (status out) – Bradley (leg injury) will sit out yet another game as he continues to recover from a leg injury.
DeMarcus Cousins (status out) – Cousins, who signed with the Lakers in the summer, is a long-term injury absentee with a knee injury.
Los Angeles Lakers squad: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Jared Dudley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels
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Portland Trail Blazers:
PF: Rodney Hood
SF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Hassan Whiteside
PG: Damian Lillard
SG: CJ McCollum
Los Angeles Lakers:
PF: LeBron James
SF: Anthony Davis
C: JaVale McGee
PG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SG: Danny Green
Portland Trail Blazers: Kent Bazemore, Nassir Little, Skal Labissiere, Mario Hezonja, Gary Trent Jr., Anfernee Simons
Los Angeles Lakers: Alex Caruso, Kyle Kuzma, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Troy Daniels
Los Angeles Lakers are the odds-on favourite to win the game here.