Trail Blazers at Wizards - 1/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (18-25) at Washington Wizards (19-20)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -4.5 -- Over/Under: 212.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, CSNB
The Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Wizards meet Monday afternoon at the Verizon Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 101.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 102.6 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 24.7 points and 7.1 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 20.8 points and 3.7 rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu is dishing 1.6 assists and Mason Plumlee is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12 turnovers per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost six of their last nine road games.
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The Washington Wizards look to keep rolling after winning four of their last five games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 101.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 103.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 19.6 points and 9.6 assists while Otto Porter Jr. is averaging 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds. Gary Neal is dishing 1.3 assists and Nene Hilario is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Wizards are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.2 turnovers per game. The Washington Wizards have lost five of their last seven home games.
The Trail Blazers are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southeast. The Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Trail Blazers are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Washington.
I like what this Trail Blazers team is doing and predicted a consistent run was coming sooner or later. I just can't lay chalk with a banged up Wizards team against a Portland club that can stroke it from deep.