Game 8 Preview: Portland Trail Blazers Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Portland Trail Blazers coverage by Andy Popp

GAME 8: Blazers @ Los Angeles Lakers
6:30PM PST; Comcast Sports

After a decisive win against the Raptors, the Blazers flew to Los Angeles last night for their Sunday night match up with the Lakers.

The undefeated Lakers currently sit at the top of the Western Conference with a 6-0 record. They are scoring at will. Their size allows them to out-rebound teams. They have Kobe Bryant. They have Pau Gasol. They have Phil Jackson. They have Steve Blake. However, as loaded as the Lakers are, they haven't played any one of consequence yet, and this broken down Blazer team will be their first true test.

The Lakers on paper.
Starting five: Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher
Off the bench: Matt Barnes, Steve Blake, Shannon Brown

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
The Lakers made moves this off-season, most notably signing Steve Blake, easily the most sought-after free agent of the summer. Andrew Bynum, who is currently on the IR, rivals only Greg Oden in injury prone-ness. On average, the Lakers are outscoring their opponents by 11.6 points. Brandon Roy is playing more of a “ground game” at this point in his career.

STRATEGY
The Blazers are small, the Lakers are big. They need to get out and run. Attack the basket and win the free throw battle.

LET'S GET RICH
Took a loss last night with the Raptors +12.5. I'm 2-2-1.
Tonight I like the Lakers -7.5 over the Blazers.

TRADE ME
Rudy Fernandez. What will it be tonight: back spasms or flu like symptoms?

BOTTOM LINE
Tonight's Laker game marks the beginning of an extremely tough stretch of games for the Blazers: Detroit, @ Thunder, @ Hornets, @ Memphis, Denver, Utah, New Orleans. It would be great to start it off with a win @ Los Angeles.

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——Andy Popp

Andy Popp is a Portland native that loves sports and beer. You can contact Andy Popp at either andypopp@gmail.com or BlazersPipeline on Twitter. When he's not at PDX Pipeline, you can find him at lowposts.com.

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2 Responses to Game 8 Preview: Portland Trail Blazers Vs Los Angeles Lakers

  1. Kevin Larkin November 7, 2010 at 16:08 #

    You have given the Blazers every excuse to lose but one. They are not as good as the Lakers. And I hate the Lakers. Not thinking Blake will make the difference in this game. Being an ex Blazer doesn’t mean you are a star. Not sure the list of Laker threats go Bryant, Gasol, Jackson and then Blake. I think they may be oh 5-6 other threats before Blake

    • Julian Chadwick November 7, 2010 at 16:33 #

      Kevin, he was the most sought-after free agent of the summer. Didn’t you see his decision special on ESPN where he chose to take his talents to Venice Beach…

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