Date & Time: Tuesday, December 5 @10:00 PM
Venue: Moda Center (Portland)
Head to head record
Washington Wizards vs Portland Trail Blazers 105-108 (2017/2018 NBA)
Portland Trail Blazers vs Washington Wizards 124-125 (2016/2017 NBA)
Washington Wizards vs Portland Trail Blazers 120-101 (2016/2017 NBA)
Portland Trail Blazers vs Washington Wizards 116-109 (2015/2016 NBA)
Washington Wizards vs Portland Trail Blazers 98-108 (2015/2016 NBA)
Portland Trail Blazers vs Washington Wizards prediction
Portland Trail Blazers will be aiming to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans when take on Washington Wizards, who suffered a heavy 116-69 loss to Utah Jazz on Monday.
Ups and downs
After recording three consecutive wins over the likes of New York Knicks, Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets, Portland Trail Blazers suffered a dip in form. Terry Stotts’ troops head into Tuesday’s game against Washington Wizards following back-to-back losses to New Orleans Pelicans and Milwaukee Bucks, thus the lack of confidence could prove to be a big problem for the hosts in the Moda Center clash. Damian Lillard is undisputedly the team’s key player and it has to be noted that he scored 29 points (8 assists) in the 123-116 loss to New Orleans Pelicans. CJ McCollum, who has been averaging 21 points this term, will be yet another man to watch in the home team and the duo is definitely capable of leading Blazers to their 14th win of the season. You should bear in mind, though, that Portland have already suffered six defeats in front of home fans this term.
Wade Baldwin will remain in the recovery room until Christmas, whilst C.J. Wilcox is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Coach Terry Stotts has no other injury worries ahead of the visit of Wizards.
Embarrassing defeat in Salt Lake City
Washington Wizards impressed in the NBA last season, but they have been struggling to find their best form in the best basketball league in the world this term. The capital club sit in 8th place in the Eastern Conference ahead of the trip to Portland and they do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment. Washington suffered a heart-breaking 116-69 loss to Utah Jazz on Monday, but it has to be noted that key player John Wall has yet to recover from a knee injury. Wizards have been struggling on the travels of late and you should know that they suffered three defeats in previous four away games in NBA. In John Wall’s absence, all eyes will be on Bradley Beal, who has 22.1 points per game this season. In their last meeting with Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center Washington emerged triumphant, but away win should not be considered this time out.
John Wall remains in the treatment room, alongside Sheldon Mac. Both players are out indefinitely, but Scott Brooks has no fresh injury concerns.
- CJ McCollum scored 26 points in a 108-108 win over Wizards in November
- Portland are eyeing their eight home win of the season
- Damian Lillard has 25.5 points per game this term
- Bradley Beal scored only 11 points in the 116-69 loss to Utah
- Trail Blazers scored 100+ points in each of their last five meetings with Wizards
Portland Trail Blazers vs Washington Wizards betting pick
Portland Trail Blazers failed to impress in previous two league games and, no doubt, they are eager to return to winning ways. Washington Wizards continue life without injured superstar John Wall and seeing that their performances on the road leave a lot to be desired, I am tempted to put my money on the hosts.
Pick: Portland – 5.5