Portland Blazers vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 2/2/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Washington Wizards
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+1.5)
The Washington Wizards (4-12) play the Portland Blazers (10-8) at Capital One Arena on Tuesday. Washington opens this contest as 1.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 240.5.
The Portland Blazers faced off with the Chicago Bulls and went home with a win by a final score of 123-122 in their last game. Portland wrapped up the contest having earned a 51.1% FG percentage (45 of 88) and converted 17 of their 42 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Blazers made 16 of their 19 shots for a percentage of 84.2%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they earned 35 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 20 dimes for this game while having 11 steals and 2 rejections. In terms of the defense, Portland let their opponent shoot 50.6% from the floor on 43 out of 85 shooting. Chicago recorded 31 assists and had 5 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Bulls had 43 rebounds (11 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Chicago finished the contest at 100.0% at the free throw line by burying 15 of 15 shots. They also converted 21 of 45 tries from beyond the arc.
Damian Lillard is one guy who played a role in this game. He scored 44 points on 15 out of 26 shooting. He played for 36:27 minutes and pulled down 5 boards. Lillard went 57.7% from the field and recorded 9 assists. One more player that had an impact in this contest for the Blazers was Enes Kanter. He pulled down 11 rebounds and accounted for 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 69.2% from the field for the contest by hitting 9-of-13 (22 points). When the final whistle blew, Kanter played 33:44 min.
Portland will take the court with a mark of 10-8 on the year. They average 115.0 points per contest (6th in the league) while going 44.5% from the floor. The Blazers are connecting on 37.6% on shots from downtown (287 of 763) and 81.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, Portland is snagging 43.7 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 376 assists this year, which is 30th in basketball in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 11.6 times per contest and as a unit they commit 19.9 personal fouls per game. On the defensive end, the Blazers are forcing their opponents into 13.7 turnovers per game and they draw 19.1 personal fouls. They currently rank 11th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 458 conceded on the year. The Blazers defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 47.1% (246 of 344) and they relinquish 46.9 boards per game as a team. They are relinquishing 37.0% on 3-point shots while they are 25th in the league in PPG allowed (115.9).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Washington Wizards walked away with a victory by a final of 149-146 when they played the Brooklyn Nets. The Wizards earned 28 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 39 in the game. They rejected 2 attempts while recording 10 steals in this contest. The Nets committed 24 fouls in this game which took the Wizards to the charity stripe for 32 attempts. They were able to knock down 25 of the free throw tries for a clip of 78.1%. Regarding shots from 3-point land, Washington made 12 out of 39 attempts (30.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Wizards ended up shooting 56 for 108 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.9%. The Wizards permitted the Nets to bury 50 of their 88 tries from the field which had them sitting at 56.8% in the game. They finished 52.8% from beyond the arc by going 19 of 36 and ended up shooting 27 out of 33 from the free throw line (81.8%). In the matter of how they cleaned up the glass, Washington allowed Brooklyn to snag 45 in total (7 offensive).
Russell Westbrook ended up being a major contributor for the Wizards in the matchup. He converted 16 out of 28 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 57.1%, which gave him 41 points. Westbrook collected 10 rebounds in his 34:36 minutes of time on the hardwood and totaled 8 assists for the matchup. One more player who came through for Washington was Bradley Beal. He finished with 37 points in 37:36 mins on the court via 13 out of 23 from the floor in the game. Beal ended up shooting 56.5% from the field and also earning 4 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Washington has a win-loss mark of 4-12 for the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Wizards are connecting on 46.1% from the field, which is 13th in the league. Washington has scored 1,869 points so far this season (116.8 per contest) and they collect 43.4 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 25.5 times per game (11th in the league) and they turn it over 13.4 times per game. The Wizards are committing 23.5 fouls per game and they connect on 75.3% from the charity stripe. The Wizards on defense are ranked 30th in basketball in points allowed per game with 121.8. They relinquish 24.6 assists and 46.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 13th and 22nd in basketball. The Washington defense concedes 38.8% on 3-pointers (209 of 539) and opponents are converting on 77.9% of their foul shots. They are forcing 15.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 49.1% from the floor (30th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (-1.5)
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