Washington Wizards vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 2/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs Portland Blazers
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+6)
Moda Center is the venue where and the Portland Blazers (18-10) will take on the Washington Wizards (9-17) on Saturday. Portland opens this game as 6-point favorites. The total is set at 242.
The Washington Wizards played the Denver Nuggets and took home the win by a score of 130-128 in their last game. Washington walked away from the game with a 51.2% field goal percentage (44 of 86) and knocked down 15 of 33 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Wizards knocked down 27 of 34 tries for a rate of 79.4%. In terms of pulling down rebounds, they collected 45 with 9 of them being offensive. They also recorded 31 assists for the game as well as earning 7 steals and 3 rejections. Pertaining to defense, Washington let their opponent shoot 52.2% from the field on 48 of 92 shooting. Denver totaled 23 dimes and had 7 steals for the game. Additionally, the Nuggets grabbed 42 rebounds (10 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 7 blocks. Denver finished shooting 83.3% when shooting free throws by knocking down 15 of their 18 shots. They buried 17 out of their 38 tries from long range.
Bradley Beal is one player who came through in the matchup. He had 25 points on 8 out of 20 shooting. He played 36:30 mins and pulled down 4 boards. Beal finished shooting 40.0% from the field and totaled 10 dimes. Another guy that was a major factor in the matchup for the Wizards was Rui Hachimura. He grabbed 4 rebounds and also totaled 3 assists. He finished shooting 45.5% from the floor in this contest by going 5-of-11 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, Hachimura played 29:27 minutes.
Washington enters this one with a record of 9-17 on the year. They have an average of 113.9 pts per contest (12th in basketball) while hitting 45.3% from the field. The Wizards are shooting 34.2% on shots from downtown (303 of 885) and 76.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Washington is pulling in 44.5 rebounds per game and has earned 650 dimes for the year, which is 24th in the league in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 14.1 times per game and as a unit are committing 22.3 personal fouls per contest. When they are on the defensive end, the Wizards are forcing 14.7 turnovers per game and they draw 22.0 personal fouls. They are ranked 2nd in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 618 surrendered on the campaign. The Wizards are giving up a shooting percentage of 47.8% (383 of 572) and they surrender 47.2 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They give up 38.4% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 30th in the league in PPG from their opponents (119.5).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Portland Blazers got the victory with a final of 126-124 when they played the New Orleans Pelicans. The Blazers corralled 24 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 31 for the matchup. They also blocked 7 tries while getting 6 steals for the contest. The Pelicans were called for 15 personal fouls in this game which got the Blazers to the charity stripe for a total of 18 tries. They were able to bury 16 of those for a rate of 88.9%. In reference to shots from beyond the arc, Portland made 18 of their 41 tries (43.9%). Overall, the Blazers shot 46 out of 90 from the field which had them sitting at 51.1%. The Blazers permitted the Pelicans to bury 43 out of 89 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 48.3% in the matchup. They finished shooting 46.9% from distance by shooting 15 of 32 and finished the game at 23 out of 29 from the free throw line (79.3%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Portland permitted New Orleans to pull down 51 in total (18 offensive).
Damian Lillard was important for the Blazers in the game. He converted 14 of 28 in this matchup for a rate of 50.0%, which gave him 43 points. Lillard collected 4 boards in his 37:51 mins of time on the hardwood and had 16 assists for this contest. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Portland was Gary Trent. He left the arena with 23 points in 33:56 mins on the court via 7 of 14 shooting in the game. Trent wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the field and also totaling 2 assists and 2 boards.
Portland has a win-loss record of 18-10 on the year. Portland has accumulated 3,243 points for the season (115.8 per game) and they pull in 44.2 boards per game. The Blazers are responsible for committing 19.7 personal fouls per contest and they hit 82.2% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Blazers are shooting 44.7% from the floor, which is ranked 27th in the NBA. They are assisting teammates 20.1 times per game (30th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.3 times per contest. The Blazers are ranked 25th in the league in points allowed per game with 115.1. They are able to force 13.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.6% from the floor (24th in basketball). The Portland defense gives up 36.9% on shots from 3-point land (369 of 1,000) and opponents are making 78.3% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 24.9 assists and 46.3 total boards per game, which has them ranked 16th and 24th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Washington (+6)
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