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Washington Wizards at Portland Trail Blazers - 3/20/14

Washington Wizards (35-32) at Portland Trail Blazers (44-24)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -4 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds


For the second and final time this season, the Washington Wizards and Portland Trailblazers will meet during the regular season. These teams played back on February 3, and the Wizards won 100-90.

Washington has been in a little bit of a funk lately, losing three of its last five games, including a 117-111 overtime loss on Tuesday to the Sacramento Kings. Point guard John Wall has been playing out of his mind lately, shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from downtown in his last five games. On the season, the Wizards average 100.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allow 100.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting. The Washington Wizards are 35-31-1 ATS overall and 22-12 ATS on the road this season.

Washington Wizards at Portland Trail Blazers - 3/20/14

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The Trailblazers will likely be without power forward LaMarcus Aldridge for the fourth straight game, as he’s doubtful with a back injury. Portland has lost five of its last seven games and has allowed opponents to score 100-plus points in eight of its last nine. Even without Aldridge, Portland’s offense is still scoring 106.4 points, but the defense is allowing 108.6 points in the last five games. Point guard Damian Lillard’s field goal percentage has dropped down to 38.8 percent in his last five contests. The Portland Trailblazers are 36-32 ATS overall and 16-18 ATS at home.

The Wizards are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Trailblazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Without Aldridge, Portland has been a real shaky basketball team. The Trailblazers defense has taken a backseat, and that’s not good against a Washington team that can fill it up. The Wizards have beaten the Trailblazers SU in four of the last five meetings.

I’ll take Washington and the points. 

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