Check out our free Wizards vs Trail Blazers pick and preview for this NBA game in Portland. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Wizards vs Trail Blazers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Washington Wizards at Portland Trail Blazers
- Where: Portland at Moda Center
- Date: Tuesday, February 14th
- Betting Odds POR -3.5, WAS +133 | POR -163 O/U 235.5
So far, the Wizards have put together an overall record of 26-30, while going 26-29-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Washington has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-1 against the spread.
Not only did the Wizards drop their last game to the Warriors. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 135-126 as 3 point underdogs. Washington was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Warriors by 9 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Kristaps Porzingis, as he contributed 34 points while hitting 75.0% of his shots.
So far, the Trail Blazers have put together an overall record of 28-29, while going 30-27-0 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
In their previous game, the Trail Blazers took down the Lakers by a score of 127-115. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 2 point favorites. Portland went on to win the game, as they led by 19 heading into halftime. In the win, Damian Lillard led the team in scoring with 40 points on a field goal percentage of 56.5%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Trail Blazers picked up the win 124-116 win over the Wizards. Heading into the game, Portland was the 4.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Similar to their season-long average, the Wizards averaged 114.0 points per game vs the Trail Blazers. On the other side, Portland saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Wizards, as they averaged 121.0 points per game in these matchups. In terms of betting, Portland has an ATS record of 4-1 in the previous 5 matchups vs Washington. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +5 points per game in favor of the Trail Blazers. The over-under record in these same games is 4-1, with the teams combining for an average of 237 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Washington offense is ranked 18th in the NBA in scoring at 113.4 points per game. So far, the Wizards are averaging 98.6 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 15th in fields goals made per contest.
Defensively, Washington has had its problems giving up an average of 112.0 points per game (16th).
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Wizards 2nd leading scorer, Kyle Kuzma. In his 51 games, Kuzma is averaging 21.3 points per game while dishing out 4.0 assists and grabbing 7.6 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Kristaps Porzingis, who leads the team and is 29th in the NBA at 22.9 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 48.6% of his field goal attempts while taking 17.7% of the team’s shots from the floor.
Coming into today’s action, Portland is averaging 115.1 points per contest. This figure places them 12th in the league. The Trail Blazers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.1 made 3’s per game. If the Trail Blazers offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 97.4 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
On defense, the Trail Blazers will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 27th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Point-Guard Damian Lillard currently leads the Trail Blazers at 31.2 points per game. For the season, he is 9th 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 4.2 boards and 7.3 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 14th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Anfernee Simons enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 55 games, he is averaging 21.4 and is 158th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Wizards vs Trail Blazers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Wizards +3.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 235.5