Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 1/3/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Portland Trail Blazers at Washington Wizards

Friday, January 3, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Capital One Arena)

WSH +5.5, O/U 236

The Portland Trail Blazers head to Washington, D.C. on Friday for a game against the Wizards in a game between two teams at opposite ends of the country.  In their last game, the Trail Blazers were defeated by the New York Knicks by the score of 117-93. Carmelo Anthony led the way offensively for the Trail Blazers scoring 26 points while going 11 of 17 from the field and 1 of 2 from the free throw line. Hassan Whiteside led the Trail Blazers in rebounds in the game, pulling in 12 with 7 coming offensively.  Damian Lillard led Portland in assists, recording 8 while playing a total of 35 minutes in the game. 

The Trail Blazers enter Friday’s game with a record of 14-21 and are in 4th place in the Northwest Division.  Portland is led by point guard Damian Lillard who is averaging a team leading 26.7 points per game on the season. Lillard is also the team leader in assists and is averaging 7.6 assists per game. Hassan Whiteside leads the Trail Blazers in rebounding and is averaging 13.6 per game.  The Trail Blazers enter Friday’s game with 2 players listed on their injury report as Skal Labissiere and Mario Hezonja are both listed as out.

The Washington Wizards welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to town on Friday after losing their last game against the Orlando Magic by the score of 122-101.  Bradley Beal scored a team high 27 points while going 8 of 20 from the field and 9 of 10 from the free throw line.  Beal also led the Wizards in assists in the game against the Magic with 5 while playing a total of 30 minutes in the game.  Anzejs Pasecniks led Washington in rebounds with 10 and recorded 3 offensively. 

With the loss against the Magic, the Wizards are now 10-23 on the season and are in 4th place in the Southeast Division.  Bradley Beal leads the Wizards in points per game and is averaging 27.8 per game.  Beal is also the assists leader for the Wizards on the season and is averaging 6.6 assists per game.  Rui Hachimura is the leader in rebounds for the Wizards and is averaging 5.8 per game.  The Wizards enter Friday’s game with 5 players listed on their injury report as Rui Hachimura, Moritz Wagner, Thomas Bryant and Davis Bertans are listed as out while Bradley Beal is listed as day to day. 

The Portland Trail Blazers have scored 112 points per game this year while allowing 114.1 points per game.  The Washington Wizards have scored 116.2 points per game on the season while allowing 121 points per game.  In their last 5 games, the Trail Blazers are 0-5 and have lost 5 games in a row while the Wizards are 2-3.  The total has gone over in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing at home against Portland.  Washington is 1-6 against the spread in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Western Conference. Although the Trail Blazers aren’t playing well right now, this is the opportune time for them to get a win against a Wizards team that is missing some big pieces from their lineup.  Portland wins 115-108 and covers the spread. 

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Travis’s Pick Portland Trail Blazers -5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.