Famous NBA analyst Charles Barkley supplied a scorching take worse than his golf swing on Thursday, saying the Portland Path Blazers will upset the Los Angeles Lakers within the first-round of the NBA playoffs in the event that they earn the No. eight seed within the Western Convention.
“I’m going to inform you this, if the Portland Path Blazers get within the playoffs, they may beat the Los Angeles Lakers within the first spherical,” Barkley ranted whereas on the NBA on TNT.
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Daring may be the flawed phrase for Barkley’s prediction, however he’s at the least constant. The Corridor of Famer not too long ago named the Blazers as a sleeper title contender.
“The one staff within the Western Convention, in the event that they get Nurkic again and Zach Collins, no person’s going to wish to see the Portland Path Blazers. They acquired, arguably — aside from Klay and Steph — the perfect backcourt within the NBA. Whiteside’s been enjoying fairly good all 12 months. But when they get Nurkic and Zach Collins again, no person’s going to wish to see the Portland Path Blazers.”
Damian Lillard Would Welcome Matchup With Lakers
The Lakers have been the highest seed within the Western Convention when the season was placed on maintain, rolling to a 49-14 file behind superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers will greater than doubtless retain the highest spot after the seeding recreation in Orlando, holding a 5.5 recreation lead on the second seeded Clippers.
Damian Lillard and the Blazers could possibly be on a collision course to see the Lakers within the first spherical of the playoffs, relying on how the seeding video games play out in Orlando. Portland is occupying the No. 9 spot and are three.5 video games behind the Grizzlies.
Lillard not too long ago stated in a Self-importance Truthful interview that he’d welcome a playoff matchup with the Lakers.
“In fact,” Lillard stated. “I believe we may beat them.”
The Lakers went 2-1 towards the Blazers this season. Lillard dropped one in all his greatest video games of the season towards the Lakers in late January when he put up 48 points in a the Blazers’ lone victory.
Lakers Are Title Favorites in Orlando
Vegas has a really totally different opinion than Barkley on the Lakers, who’re the favourite to take dwelling the title within the barely abbreviated season. Odds Shark has the Lakers listed at +200, with the following closest contender being the Milwaukee Bucks at +280. The Los Angeles Clippers are subsequent at +300 earlier than the chances take a deep dive with the Celtics, who’re listed at +1200. The Blazers are +10,000, that means a $100 guess on Portland would make you a pleasant chunk of change.
Whereas the Lakers are coping with an damage to veteran guard Rajon Rondo and starter Avery Bradley sitting out of the restart, the staff’s tremendous star LeBron James has seemed higher than ever with some relaxation beneath his belt.
“Excellent,” Vogel stated of the form James confirmed as much as Orlando in, per Mike Trudell. “It’s actually exceptional how he’s been capable of keep in form, keep prepared, to be sharp as if there wasn’t a layoff in any respect. He’s enjoying at a extremely excessive stage.”
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