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(39-24) Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trail Blazers (28-35)
Date: Saturday, March 11
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Moda Center – Portland, Ore.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: POR -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 226
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The Washington Wizards travel West to take on the Portland Trail Blazers in a Saturday night interconference showdown.
Both of these teams have momentum coming into this contest. The Wiz continue to look like a potential second-best team out East, while the Blazers are doing everything they can to outclass the Denver Nuggets in their respective races for the West’s eighth seed.
Although these two teams don’t have any sort of rivalry, the battle of the backcourts will be something to keep an eye on.
The Wizards’ tandem of Bradley Beal and John Wall will look to wreak havoc on Portland’s duo of CJ McCollum and John Wall. Portland’s will do the same, but its defensive deficiencies could prove to be problematic.
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The Wizards will do everything they can to attack the Portland backcourt. The Blazers’ guards have proven to be two of the worst defensive players at their respective positions this season.
Ideally, Washinton will use the speed and athleticism of John Wall to score in transition, but falling back on halfcourt sets isn’t a problem when McCollum and Lillard struggle so mightily to stay in front of their defenders.
The main objective will be to avoid guys like Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic. Those two have proven to be defensive stalwarts for this team that lacks such presences elsewhere.
On the year, Washington is averaging 108.6 points per contest. That number is good enough for fifth in the NBA.
Defensively, the Wizards are allowing opponents to score 106.1 points per night. That number is good enough for 20th in the Association.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers have known what they had in McCollum and Lillard all season. They knew they had a backcourt that could score with the best of them yet would struggle to contain even the most modest scorers on a nightly basis.
What they didn’t realize was just how good Jusuf Nurkic was going to be after trading Mason Plumlee for him before this season’s deadline.
Since joining the Blazers roster, Nurkic has added two crucial aspects to Portland’s rotation: a presence inside on offense, and a presence inside on defense.
The former is important because it takes pressure off Lillard and McCollum to be the only scoring options. The latter helps make up the difference when the two guards struggle to contain the opposition.
Add the fact that Nurkic is proving to be a talented passer and playmaker (two things the team lost when it sent away Plumlee) and you have the perfect piece to complement the stars.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
- Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Wizards are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Trail Blazers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games
Free Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
Both of these teams have a lot to play for, but here’s the catch: The Wizards have been trending upward for a while now while the Blazers are playing their best ball right only following the Nurkic trade.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Washington ATS
Nurkic’s numbers, as good as they are, are not sustainable.
Give this one to the Wizards, and don’t be shocked if Nurk has his first bad game in a Portland uniform.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Washington 103 – Portland 98
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