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Lakers face 1st round challenge vs. Blazers
Damian Lillard was named Player of the Seeding Games by the league. Lillard and the Blazers present a challenge for LeBron James and the Lakers. (AP)
Damian Lillard has heard the chatter. He, too, believes the Portland Trail Blazers are more than up for the task of defeating the Los Angeles Lakers when the two teams collide in Game 1 of their opening-round Western Conference series Tuesday in the NBA bubble near Orlando. The Lakers enter the series as the top seed in the Western Conference, but some believe the eighth-seeded Blazers, one of the hottest teams in the bubble, are a dangerous squad and a tough matchup, particularly with Lillard's recent tear.
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    116-73 over the last 5 seasons.  ( 61.4% | 35.7 units )
    35-30 this year.  ( 53.8% | 2.0 units )
    Play On - Any team vs the money line (DENVER) average 3PT shooting team (33-36.5%) against an average 3PT defense (33-36.5%), good ball handling team (<=14.5 TO) vs. an average pressure defense (14.5-16.5 TO) after 42+ games
    279-249 over the last 5 seasons.  ( 52.8% | 69.3 units )
    50-58 this year.  ( 46.3% | -5.2 units )
    Play Against - Underdogs of 2 to 3.5 points vs. the first half line (DENVER) after beating the spread by 30 or more points total in their last five games, with a winning record on the season playing another winning team
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    18-12 this year.  ( 60.0% | 4.8 units )
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    4 MIAMI 104.0
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