Wizards vs. Trail Blazers - 3/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (44-20) at Washington Wizards (38-28)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -2.5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, CSNB
The Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Wizards meet Monday night at the Verizon Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 102.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting and are allowing 97.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.3 points and 10.5 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 21.4 points and 6.2 assists. Arron Afflalo is dishing 1.4 assists and Robin Lopez is grabbing seven rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are starting to find their groove without Wesley Matthews on the floor, as they’ve won three straight and are allowing 43.2 percent shooting in their last five games. The only real weakness with the Trail Blazers is that 14 of their 20 losses have come on the road.
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The Washington Wizards look to build on their three-game winning streak. On the season, the Wizards are averaging 98.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting and are allowing 97.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 17.2 points and 10 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 14.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Paul Pierce is shooting 45.8 percent from the field and Marcin Gortat is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Washington Wizards have allowed 97 or less points in nine straight games and are allowing 41.9 percent shooting in their last five games. The Wizards have a chance to climb up the rankings if they can keep things rolling. Garrett Temple and Nene Hilario are questionable while Kris Humphries is doubtful.
The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wizards are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwes and 6-18 ATS in their last 24 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Washington.
The Wizards are finally starting to play to their potential and even though they're banged up, I like the home team to remain hot by getting the win and the cover.