Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 2/3/14
Portland Trail Blazers (34-13) at Washington Wizards (23-23)
NBA Basketball: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards +4.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds
John Wall and the Washington Wizards brace themselves for a battle with the Portland Trailblazers tonight.
The Trailblazers have lost four of their last seven but will be relieved after avoiding a third straight loss by beating the Raptors on Saturday. LaMarcus Aldridge continued his great season with 27 points and 15 rebounds, while Wesley Matthews made five three pointers on his way to 21 points, but once again it was Damian Lillard who rose to the occassion in the clutch, scoring the game winner to finish with 21 points and send the Blazers to a 106-103 win against the Raptors. With the win, Portland improved to 34-13 overall and 19-5 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Wizards have won three of their last five games and are coming off a major upset win, beating the red-hot Thunder by 96-81 on Saturday. Trevor Ariza led the scoring with 18 points while Nene added 17 points, but not surprisingly it was John Wall who led the way with 17 points, 15 assists and six steals. On the defensive end, the Wizards really did a number on the Thunder's Reggie Jackson and Kevin Durant who combined for 14 of 38 shooting and 13 turnovers. With the win, Washington improves to .500 on the season with a record of 23-23 overall and 11-11 at home.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the Blazers are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six in Washington.
For me, this game is a real coin toss because my initial thought was to stick with the Blazers to win on the road, but the Wizards threw a real curve ball by shutting down the Thunder on Saturday. You could make a strong argument for either team here, but I'm just going to stick with my gut feeling and take Portland to win and cover on the road here.