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Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Pick

Time: 10 PM EST Thursday March 20, 2014, CSNN

Location: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon

The Portland Trail Blazers host the Washington Wizards in a non-conference match up.

In their last games: The Blazers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-115 in OT and the Wizards lost to the Sacramento Kings 117-111 in OT.

In their OT win over the Bucks the Blazers did not have a great shooting night and their defense was decent, but they did force 19 turnovers and have 3 starters score at least 20 points.

In their OT loss to the Kings the Wizards were outscored by 6 points in OT and they allowed 3 Sacramento players to go for 24 points apiece.

Earlier this season at Washington the Wizards beat the Blazers 100-90.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the Blazers.

In the last 8 games between these 2 teams in Portland the total has gone Under 7 times.

The Wizards have won their last 2 games against the Blazers in Portland.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Portland -4.5
Total Line: 206
Money Line: Wizards +165 / Trail Blazers -190

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Washington Wizards: 35-32 SU 35-31-1 ATS
Portland Trail Blazers: 44-24 SU 36-32 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• WASH is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
• WASH is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.
• WASH has an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.
• PORT is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
• PORT is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
• PORT has an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Washington Wizards: 90.49
Portland Trail Blazers: 94.22

Key Player Injuries

[F] 02/24/2014 – Nene out indefinitely ( Knee )

[C] 03/19/2014 – LaMarcus Aldridge is downgraded to doubtful Thursday vs. Washington ( Back )
[F] 02/11/2014 – Joel Freeland out 4-8 weeks ( Knee )

Betting Pick:

The Trail Blazers have been in a tailspin losing 5 of their last 7. The two wins in that stretch were less than impressive with W’s against the bottom dwelling Milwaukee and New Orleans. The Wizards collapsed in the last minute of regulation against lowly Sacramento and will need to step it up here. Washington did beat Portland as the host back in February and desperately need wins to stay in the playoff race. We just need them to stay close.
Take the Washington Wizards +4.5

Why waste money? Bet this game at and lay -105 instead of -110!

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