NBA Betting Predictions – Tuesday March 8th, 2016

Predictions record 56-50 (52.8%)

I was correct on my pick last night as the Bulls (-6.5) prevailed 100-90 at home versus the Bucks. I am intrigued by 1 game being played tonight.

Washington Wizards (30-32) @ Portland Trail Blazers (33-31)

Moda Center   10pm Eastern tip

 

 

 

Wizards probable starters: G – John Wall  G – Garrett Temple  C – Marcin Gortat  F – Otto Porter  F – Markieff Morris

Blazers probable starters: G – Damian Lillard  G – C.J. McCollum  C – Mason Plumlee  F – Al-Farouq Aminu  F – Noah Vonleh

Overview: The Washington Wizards are on 2 game losing skid after a 100-99 defeat at home versus the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. The team shot 43.8% from the field. They made 6 of their 15 shot attempts beyond the arc, good for 40%. They shot 62.5% from the free throw line as they were 15 of 24. They dominated the glass as they out-rebounded their opposition 61-45. They had 25 assists in the game. They turned the ball over 16 times. They scored 19 fast break points and 42 points in the paint. They led 64-56 at halftime but were outscored 44-35 in the 2nd half. Starting point guard John Wall tallied a double-double as he poured in 25 points and dished out 12 assists. He also had 6 rebounds and 2 steals. He shot 9 of 24 from the field, 6 of 8 from the free throw line, and 1 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward Markieff Morris produced 14 points and 8 rebounds. He was 6 of 11 from the field, 1 of 2 from the free throw line, and 1 of 1 from the 3 point line. Starting shooting guard Bradley Beal contributed with 12 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds. He was 5 of 13 from the field and 2 of 4 from the 3 point line. Backup shooting guard Garrett Temple came off the bench to chip in with 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. He shot 5 of 7 from the field and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. Tonight is their 30th road game of the season. They are 14-15 on the road this season. Tonight is their 22nd game versus a Western Conference opponent. They are 9-12 versus Western Conference opponents. Tonight is the beginning of a 3 game road trip. Their next game is Friday at the Utah Jazz. The Portland Trail Blazers have dropped 3 in a row after a 123-103 loss at the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. The team shot 44.9% from the field. They missed 20 of their 31 3-point shot attempts, a 35.5% clip. They shot 95.7% from the free throw line as they were 22 of 23. They were out-rebounded 52-37. They had 8 steals in the game. They turned the ball over 13 times. They scored 12 fast break points and 36 points in the paint. They were outscored 30-16 in the 1st quarter and 38-28 in the 4th quarter. Starting point guard Damian Lillard led the team in scoring with 26 points. He also had 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He shot 8 of 22 from the field, 8 of 8 from the free throw line, and 2 of 9 from the 3 point line. Starting shooting guard C.J. McCollum notched 22 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. He was 9 of 15 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line, and 2 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting small forward Al-Farouq Aminu netted 16 points. He also had 3 rebounds. He was 5 of 11 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line, and 4 of 9 from the 3 point line. Backup power forward Meyers Leonard came off the bench to score 10 points. He also had 4 rebounds. He shot 3 of 7 from the field, 3 of 3 from the free throw line, and 1 of 4 from the 3 point line. Tonight is their 32nd home game of the season. They are 19-12 at home this season. Tonight is their 26th game versus an Eastern Conference opponent. They are 10-15 versus Eastern Conference opponents. Including tonight they play 2 of their next 3 games at home. Their next game is Friday at the Golden State Warriors.

Portland was victorious in their first meeting with Washington this season. Tonight is the last meeting of the season between the Wizards and the Trail Blazers.

Prediction: The Wizards are currently 2 games back of the 8th seeded Bulls in the Eastern Conference playoffs race. The Blazers are currently in the 7th spot, tied with the 6th seeded Mavericks. The Blazers are tough at home but I think the Wizards will keep it within a bucket or 2.

 

My take: Wizards +5.5 (BetOnline.ag)

Written by: Jeff P



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