Washington Wizards vs Portland Trail Blazers: Lineups, preview & prediction 12/5/17

Paola Ditto
Dicembre 7, 2017

But the Wizards are only 4-6 in their previous 10.

Before jumping on either side of this National Basketball Association showdown, you'll want to see what SportsLine senior analyst Larry Hartstein is picking. Portland is 13-10 on the season and 8-12-3 ATS following a 123-116 home loss to the Pelicans. He really has his pulse in games involving the Blazers lately too; he's on an awesome 17-5 streak (77.3 percent). That home loss from a week and a half ago was one this Wizards team will certainly have on their mind as they look to return the favor and beat Portland on their home floor for the second straight year. The Blazers have the NBA's fifth-ranked defense, allowing an even 100 points per game.

Portland still sports one of the most dynamic guard tandems in the league.

The Blazers also expect forward Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) to get the green light.

Washington started the second quarter on a 7-0 run to go ahead 31-22. There are times teams can use a game like what transpired on Monday night as a wake up call, which hopefully will result in a fired up Wizards squad tonight in Portland.

The Wizards were coming off a 116-69 loss Monday night at Utah, the second-largest losing margin in franchise history.

Wall's absence - With John Wall missing his fourth game in a row with a knee injury, the Wizards face a daunting task of trying to contain a red-hot and angry Lillard.

Without Wall, scoring dynamo Bradley Beal has been off his game. Portland scored the game's next 11 points to close within 97-87 with 1:53 to go. The Suns picked up four technical fouls in the game. Wall hasn't played since November 22, but is expected to return soon.

Hartstein has released a strong pick against-the-spread for Tuesday's game. To say the contest was never in doubt would be an understatement as the Wizards fell behind early, finding themselves trailing by 34 at half-time. Visit SportsLine now to see the strong point-spread victor of Wizards-Blazers, all from the man on a 77-percent Blazers streak, and find out.

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