Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Preview 12/05/17

The Portland Trail Blazers (13-10) challenge the Washington Wizards (12-11) at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. The game will air on NBATV at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 203 points with Portland set as a 5.5-point favorite.

Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trail Blazers Free Prediction

In the Wizards’ last contest, they were blown out by the Utah Jazz, 116-69. Utah made 16 of their 34 three pointers (47.1 percent). Washington, on the other hand, was just 4-20 (20.0 percent). Otto Porter was Washington’s high scorer with 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

The Trail Blazers were beaten by the New Orleans Pelicans in their last game, 123-116. Getting to the charity stripe was one of New Orleans’ largest strengths. They had 25 free throw attempts, while Portland had just 11. Portland’s Damian Lillard had a good game, leading the team in scoring with 29 points on 11-for-25 shooting.

Portland appears to have the advantage on the defensive side of the ball. The Trail Blazers currently rank first in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.489), while Washington is 20th in effective field goal percentage (0.509). Also, the Wizards rank fifth in turnover percentage (13.7 percent), while the Trail Blazers rank 28th in opponents’ turnover percentage (13.0 percent).

Washington comes into the contest with records of 12-11 straight up (SU) and 12-10 against the spread (ATS). Of the Wizards’ 22 games that accepted bets, 14 have finished under the projected point total.

Meanwhile, Portland is 13-10 SU and 8-12-3 ATS. Games featuring the Trail Blazers also have typically gone under the projected point total (69.6 percent).

This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. Porter had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the first matchup, in which the Wizards lost 108-105, unable to cover as 4-point favorites. The game finished with a total of 213 points, which was 11 points above the projected point total of 202 points. Portland did a great job of making free throws (17-22; 77.3 percent). Washington, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (10.3 vs. 15.1).

Washington Wizards at Portland Trail Blazers Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Wizards, ATS Winner – Wizards, O/U – Under

Notes

Betting Notes:

Washington is 8-3 ATS on the road with 8 unders and 3 overs.

Portland is 3-8-2 ATS at home with 10 unders and 3 overs.

Portland is 9-3 when they allow under 100 points, while Washington is 9-1.

The Trail Blazers are 11-4 when they score above 100 points, while the Wizards are 10-6.

Portland ranks fifth in second chance points allowed per game (10.8) while Washington ranks 25th (13.8).

The Trail Blazers rank second in rebounds per game (47.1) while the Wizards rank 20th in rebounds allowed per game (44.2).

Portland ranks fifth in blocks per game (5.5) while Washington ranks 19th (4.3).

The Wizards rank 11th in points off turnovers per game (18.0) while the Trail Blazers rank 25th (14.6).

Washington ranks 15th in fast break points per game (10.0) while Portland ranks 29th (4.3).

The Wizards rank 16th in steals per game (7.8) while the Trail Blazers rank 27th (6.7).

Portland ranks second in three pointers allowed per game (25.0) while Washington ranks 12th (28.0).

The Wizards rank 21st in assists per game (21.8) while the Trail Blazers rank last (18.2).

Bettings Trends:

In their last five games, Washington is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.

Portland is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over their last five games.

The Wizards have been outscored by an average of 6.8 points in their last five games. On the season, Washington has defeated opponents by an average of 1.7 points.

During their last five games, the Trail Blazers have scored an average of 109.0 points per game (5.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 109.4 points per game (9.4 above their season average).

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