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Washington Wizards vs Portland Trailblazers Preview

Wizards 4-12 vs Blazers 10-9

When: Tuesday, February 2nd, at 8p.m.

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

TV: NBCSWA, NBA League Pass / Radio: WFED 1500 AM


Wizards: Thomas Bryant (Out/ Left ACL Surgery), Raul Neto (Out/ Groin)

Blazers: Zach Colllins (Out/ Ankle), Derrick Jones (Out/ Foot), CJ McCollum (Out/ Left Foot), Jusuf Nurkic (Out/ Wrist)

Wizards -

116.8 - points per game

121.8 - points against

46.1 - Field Goal %

Blazers -

114.5 - points per game

116.8 - points against

44.0 - Field Goal %

Keep an eye on:

Defending The Three And Without Fouling: is pivotal for Washington if they are to make it two wins in a row. Portland is third in the NBA in 3-pointers made, third in 3-pointers attempted and tenth in 3-point percentage. To keep it short and simple, Washington will see a barrage of three pointers tonight. In their comeback win over the Nets on Sunday, Nets guard Joe Harris was WIDE OPEN countless times from 3-point range and made Washington pay (8-13 3FG) nearly every time. Coming in to tonight's contest, Washington ranks 25th in defending the three. They can't afford to make those same mistakes tonight against Portland with the caliber of shooters they have....and that's with CJ McCollum out with an injury. Damian Lillard with range out to half-court is shooting 38 percent from deep, Anfernee Simons is knocking down 40 percent on the season, Gary Trent adds 42 percent shooting to the equation for the Blazers and Carmelo Anthony is still solid from 3-point territory, hitting 34 percent. Washington has their work cut out for them.

Portland is also one of the most efficient teams shooting 82 percent from the line, which puts them third in the league. Portland has nine players shooting 70 percent or better with Lillard leading the way at 94 percent. Defending fundamentally sound and smart is crucial tonight for Washington which we all know has struggled greatly doing do.

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