Blazers struggling on defense, host Wizards
Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv currently list the Blazers as 6-point home favorites over the Wizards while the over/under is sitting at 214 points. Portland opened as a 5.5-point favorite before the line was bet up a half point, while the total has climbed all the way up to 214 after it opened at 211.5.
Three games ago the Blazers were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. But a current three-game losing skid has put a few issues into perspective, none bigger than the team’s struggles on defense. That was evident on Sunday in Auburn Hills when Portland surrendered 123 points to Detroit, which came two days after the Blazers allowed the Raptors to rack up 117 points in Toronto.
As for the Wizards, they won’t have Bradley Beal (hip) in the lineup tonight but they’ve been profitable for bettors coming off losses, covering in five of their last six games following a defeat. Washington is also an impressive 12-2 at the betting window in its last 14 games playing on two days of rest.
The Blazers are too good not to end their losing streak soon and it might happen tonight. But given their struggles on defense, 6 points is too much to lay tonight.
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