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Trail Blazers vs Wizards NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at Washington Wizards
- Where: Washington at Capital One Arena
- Date: Friday, February 3rd
- Betting Odds WAS -4, POR +148 | WAS -179 O/U OFF
So far, the Trail Blazers have put together an overall record of 25-26, while going 27-24-0 vs the spread. Against the Wizards, the Trail Blazers are going for their 3rd straight win, posting an average scoring margin of 7.0 points per game in this stretch.
The Trail Blazers are coming off a 122-112 win over the Grizzlies. This away win came despite entering the game as the 6 point underdogs. Portland pulled out the win despite trailing by 5 going into halftime. The team did not put a dent in this deficit in the 3rd quarter, but put together a strong comeback effort in the 4th. Leading the team in scoring was Damian Lillard, as he contributed 42 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
The Wizards come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 24-26. So far, the team has gone 24-25-1 against the spread. The Wizards entered today’s game having picked up 6 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 11.33 points per game.
The Wizards will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Spurs by a score of 127-106. Heading into the game, they were 5 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Washington went on to win the game, as they led by 8 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Deni Avdija, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 83.3% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
This season, the Trail Blazers will look to continue their strong play over Washington, as they won both of last year’s matchups. Portland won game 1 of the series by a score of 127-115, and wrapped up the head-to-head meetings with a 115-110 victory. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Trail Blazers averaged 121.0 points per game vs Washington, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Trail Blazers saw a boost in scoring, the Wizards averaged 114.0 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Portland. This figure was similar to season-long average. The Trail Blazers have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 8 points per game. In these contests, they averaged a combined 236 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 51 games, the Trail Blazers are averaging 114.3 points per contest, placing them 15th in the NBA. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Trail Blazers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.4 per contest. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 24th in made field goals per game.
Against the Wizards, the Trail Blazers will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 27th in points allowed.
Point-Guard Damian Lillard currently leads the Trail Blazers at 30.7 points per game. For the season, he is 10th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 23.7% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Lillard is averaging 4.1 boards and 7.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 9th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Anfernee Simons enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 49 games, he is averaging 21.7 and is 164th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Through 50 games, the Wizards are averaging 113.0 points per contest, placing them 20th in the NBA. So far, the Wizards are averaging 99.0 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Right now, the Wizards offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 13th in effective field goal percentage.
Against the Trail Blazers, the Wizards will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 16th in points allowed.
This season, the Wizards offense has primarily worked through Kyle Kuzma and Kristaps Porzingis who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 49 games, Kuzma is 32nd in the NBA at 21.8 points per game. So far, him and Porzingis have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 43.8 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Kristaps Porzingis is grabbing 8.8 rebounds for Washington to go along with 2.5 assists.
Trail Blazers vs Wizards Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Wizards -4
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF