The NBA is set up with a strong night of action throughout Saturday. Five games are up on the board throughout February 20. One of these games will be between the Washington Wizards and the Portland Trail Blazers. These two teams will both look to grab a much needed win in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
Washington has earned a record of 9-17 throughout this season, which has them sitting in thirteen place of the Eastern Conference. The Wizards have won three straight games coming into this one. Washington is only two games out of the tenth seed in the East, which they will look to move towards with a win in this one.
The Trail Blazers have put up a record of 18-10 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the Western Conference. Portland has won six straight games entering this matchup. The Trail Blazers are two games out of the third seed in the West. Portland will look to keep up this winning streak in this one as they try to climb the standings.
These two teams have had opposite starts to this season. Both teams have found success as of late and will look to keep that going in this one. These two teams are looking to grab a win on Saturday night. Washington has been able to get back into the playoff race in the East, while Portland is in the middle of the playoff standings. I expect both teams to try and grab a win in this one.
The Wizards and the Trail Blazers met up twice throughout last season. Washington hosted the first game on January 3. Jordan McRae dropped 35 points off the bench, but it was not enough. Damian Lillard finished with 35 points, while C.J. McCollum scored 24 points. Hassan Whiteside put up 23 points and 21 rebounds to help Portland earn a 122-103 win.
The second game of the season series shifted to Portland on March 4. Bradley Beal finished with 29 points on the night, while Davis Bertans put up 21 points. It was not enough for the Wizards though. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, while Hassan Whiteside dropped 24 points and 16 rebounds. The Trail Blazers starting lineup combined for 108 points as Portland won 125-104.
The first game of this season’s series was on February 2 in Washington. Bradley Beal dropped 37 points on the night, while Rui Hachimura finished with 24 points on the night. It was not enough in this one. Damian Lillard put up 32 points and 8 assists on the night. Gary Trent scored 26 points and Carmelo Anthony dropped 21 points off the bench. The Trail Blazers finished with a 132-121 win on the night.
Portland has dominated the Wizards throughout this season series this season and last season. The Trail Blazers have won four straight games against Washington and will look to keep it up in this one. The Wizards have lost by 10+ points in all of their games so far this season. I expect Washington to try and change things around as they enter this one.
Field Goal Shooting
The Wizards have struggled a bit shooting the ball throughout this season. Washington has been able to make around 45.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 21st in the league. The Wizards have been able to make 34.2 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 28th in the NBA. Washington is also shooting 76.3 percent from the free throw line, which is 21st in the league.
Portland has also struggled shooting the ball so far this season. The Trail Blazers have been able to drain 44.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 27th in the NBA. Portland has been able to make around 38.9 percent of their shots from deep, which is 5th in the league. The Trail Blazers are shooting 82.2 percent from the charity stripe, which is 4th in the NBA.
These two teams have struggled throughout this season when it comes to shooting the ball. Portland has been a little bit better from deep this season. The Wizards will need to step up when guarding the perimeter in this one as they look for the win. I expect both teams to try and grab a win by shooting well early in this one.
Bradley Beal has been the clear leader for this Washington team this season. Beal is averaging 33 points, 5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Russell Westbrook has averaged 19 points, 9.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game. Rui Hachimura is averaging 13 points, while Davis Bertans has averaged 11.5 points per game this season.
Damian Lillard has helped lead this Trail Blazers squad this season. Lillard has averaged 30 points and 7.5 assists per game this season. Gary Trent is averaging 15.5 points per game. Carmelo Anthony has averaged 13.5 points per game, while Enes Kanter is averaging 11.5 points and 11 rebounds per game to help round out the lineup.
These two teams have been led by their stars so far this season. Portland has been without C.J. McCollum for the last few weeks and will look to continue their strong performance in this one. The Trail Blazers are also without Jusuf Nurkic, while Washington is without Thomas Bryant. Both teams will look for their star guards to lead them to the victory on Saturday night.
These two teams are entering this game on a nice stretch. The Wizards will look to grab a win on Saturday night as they try to end their losing streak against Portland. The Trail Blazers will need Lillard to step up early from deep if they want to control the pace. I think that with how Washington is playing as of late, they will be able to steal a win in this one.
BetOnline has Portland listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. That implies that the Trail Blazers will win this game a solid amount of the time. I think that this game should be closer to even with how both teams have been playing as of late. I think the Washington can grab a win in this one and as underdogs, I see a lot of value on them.