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Looking for Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trail Blazers free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Wizards taking on the Blazers on Monday, October 22, 2018 at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions like this Wizards vs. Trail Blazers matchup.
(0-2) Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trail Blazers (2-0)
Date: Monday, October 22
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Trail Blazers -4
NBA Betting Total: 222
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The Wizards are 0-2 straight up on the year, as well as 0-2 against the spread.
The Blazers are 2-0 straight up on the year, as well as 2-0 against the spread.
Dwight Howard has not yet played a game this season, his first with the Washington Wizards. His status remains day-to-day as of this writing, approximately 24 hours ahead of tip off.
Keep a close eye on his status entering the contest.
The good news for the Wiz is that they’ve put up a good fight in both of their early-season losses. Game 1 saw them fall to the Miami Heat, 113-112, while Game 2 was a 117-113 loss to the Toronto Raptors—a team many believe will fight for a top-two seed in the conference all year.
Against Portland, the key to success whether Howard makes his season debut or not, is to contain one of the two backcourt stars in Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. As great as the guard tandem is together, they find more production when their minutes are staggered than when they play side-by-side.
When only one is on the court, the Wiz can focus their attention on he who remains in the contest. When they’re both on the floor together, the Wiz can lock in on McCollum, as Lillard alone can not win a game when the Wiz are scoring.
Portland Trail Blazers
This game is going to be about defense for the Blazers. The points will be there. The Wizards can’t stop Portland from scoring basically at will.
Expect a lot of scoring from both teams as a result.
But if the Blazers can lock in on defense, there’s a legitimate chance the Trail Blazers blow out their opponent with the home-court advantage behind them.
Lillard and McCollum both need to score in the mid-to-high 20s for a blowout to take place. That will be more difficult than it sounds, but not impossible against a Wizards team that has given up 115 points per night so far this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- WAS are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 road games.
- Under is 6-2 in WAS last 8 Mon. games.
- POR are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 Mon. games.
- POR are 21-6-1 ATS in their last 28 home games.
- Under is 6-2 in POR last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
Free Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The Wizards have been competitive so far, but that hasn’t resulted in any wins straight up or against the spread.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Portland Trail Blazers ATS
Although a blowout win seems unlikely, a good, solid win against the spread is very doable.
Expect the Blazers to push for a double-digit win, even if they come up a bit short.
No one in Rip City will complain about that, and a 3-0 start.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 112 – Washington Wizards 105
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