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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Washington Wizards

December 21, 2023


The Washington Wizards will travel to Portland, Oregon to face the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter with the game scheduled to start at 10:00 PM ET on Thursday night.

 

Washington has been one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference this season as they enter this game with the 2nd worst record in the conference with a record of 4-22 and are on a two-game losing streak following a 131-143 loss on the road against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. The Wizards have been an above-average scoring team this season as they enter this game averaging 116.96 points per game which is tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for 9th in the NBA. 

 

Kyle Kuzma has been the best player for the Washington Wizards this season as he leads the team in scoring and is 2nd on the team in rebounds with an average of 23.2 points and 6 rebounds per game. However, defensively the Wizards have been one of the worst teams in the league as they are allowing an average of 126.85 points per game which is the 2nd most allowed per game in the NBA. The Washington Wizards will look to end their two-game losing streak when they face the Portland Trail Blazers.

 

The Portland Trail Blazers enter this game with the 2nd worst record in the Western Conference with a record of 7-19, however, they are coming off a 109-104 win at home against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday which was their first win this month and ended their seven-game losing streak.

 

Portland has been an above-average team defensively as they are allowing an average of 114.15 points per game, however, they play at a slower pace than the average NBA team which has also led them to be one of the lower-scoring teams in the league as they enter this game averaging the 2nd fewest points per game in the NBA with an average of 107.69 points per game. The Portland Trail Blazers will look to build off the momentum following Tuesday’s win at home against the Phoenix Suns when they host the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.

 

BookMaker has the Portland Trail Blazers listed as 3.5-point favorites at home against the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. Portland has won seven of the last ten and two of the last three meetings while going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Washington Wizards are 13-13 ATS overall, 10-6 ATS on the road, and 12-12 ATS as an underdog this season while the Portland Trail Blazers are 13-13 ATS overall, 4-8 ATS at home, and 0-1 ATS as a favorite on the year.

 

Portland enters this game with a better record and has been the better team in the series, winning seven of the last ten and two of the last three meetings. The Trail Blazers have also been the better team at covering the spread in the series going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the Portland Trail Blazers when they host the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. 

 

Spooky Express Pick: Portland Trail Blazers -3