NBA Betting: Portland Trailblazers at Washington Wizards

NBA Betting:  Portland Trailblazers at Washington Wizards

A decent sized slate of NBA basketball games on Monday includes a non conference matchup between the Portland Trailblazers and Washington Wizards. The Blazers have been one of the surprise teams of the season–they were expected to be improved from last year but few, if any, expected that they’d be in contention for the best record in the Western Conference. Entering today’s game the Blazers are tied for second place in the West with San Antonio just three games back of first place Oklahoma City. The Wizards are also significantly improved and are currently in 5th place in a weak Eastern Conference. Of course the Eastern Conference is in actuality Miami, Indiana and everyone else but the Wizards are just two games back of third place Atlanta.

Portland was expected to regress in the second half of the season after a ridiculously good first half but so far they’ve managed to stay solid. They enter this contest having won 6 of their last 10 games and broke a two game losing streak with a home victory over Toronto on Saturday night. The Blazers have improved in just about every phase of the game this year but no improvement has been as profound as their play away from ‘The Rose City’. In recent years the Blazers were known as a team that was good at home and bad on the road but they’ll enter tonight’s game with a 17-8 SU record away from their home court.

Washington, meanwhile, has been a very poor investment at the Verizon Center where they’re just 8-13 ATS on the season. The Wizards aren’t a bad team defensively but Portland–the #1 scoring team in the NBA–is a very tough tactical matchup for them. Washington did win the previous meeting between the teams but that was over a year ago. This is a completely different Blazers’ team and one that has learned to not only win on the road but to dispatch overmatched opponents. That’s exactly what we expect to happen here as the Trailblazers win and cover. The Wizards simply don’t have the defense to stop Portland’s attack and if they try to play the Blazers’ game they’ll get blown out.