NBA Playoff Tips: Lakers can bounce back in game two

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LeBron James and the Lakers need to bounce back in game two
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The Lakers suffered a shock defeat to the Trail Blazers but can bounce back and even up the series on Thursday night, says Dave Gray...

"Kyle Kuzma is likely to see an increased role tonight and is a good bet to go over his points total"

Lakers looking to level the series

Portland Trail Blazers @ Los Angeles Lakers
Friday, 02:00 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

The Lakers were stunned in game one as a late rally from Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers saw them go down 1-0 in the best of seven series. They can get back on track here though and draw level.

Portland rode the momentum from their win over the Grizzlies in the play in game to steal game one on Tuesday. The Lakers had been ahead deep into the fourth quarter, but Lillard - who had just been named the Bubble MVP - took over and his 34 points was enough to hand LeBron James defeat in his first playoff game as a Laker.

James himself had a triple double and Anthony Davis lead the team with 28 points. But the other players on the roster will need to contribute more if the Lakers are going to overcome Portland, let alone win the Championship. Kyle Kuzma is likely to see an increased role tonight and is a good bet to go over his points total.

The Lakers can't afford to go two down in the series, particularly with Lillard playing the way he is right now. Expect James and Davis to take over here and give the Lakers a much needed win.

Lakers looking to level the series

Orlando Magic @ Milwaukee Bucks
Thursday, 23:00 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Another shock upset in round one came as the Eastern Conference number one seed Bucks feel to the Magic. The pandemic and the bubble situation the NBA is currently playing in has certainly levelled the playing field, but the Bucks were massive favourites coming into this one and many expected a sweep.

Nikola Vucevic had 35 points and 14 rebounds in that stunning win on Tuesday and will need a similar performance here if the Magic are to make it to 2-0.

The Bucks just have not got going in the bubble yet, going 3-6 so far. While there is still time, they need to find their form quickly. Giannis Antetokounmpo was great as always in game one and the soon to be back to back MVP will once again dominate. But similar to the Lakers, he needs those around him to step up. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe need to play a lot more aggressively on offence to help out their star man. Their were already question marks over the Bucks title credentials and their form since the restart has done nothing to change that.

They are still too strong for Orlando though, who themselves are missing Aaron Gordon, and Milwaukee should win this one comfortably.

Dave Gray's Regular Season NBA 2019/20 P/L

Staked: 164
Returns: 157.50
P/L: -6.50

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