The Trail Blazers (10-9) are right back at it after Monday’s blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, as they get set to face Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards (4-12).
Tuesday’s contest is the first of two matchups between the Trail Blazers and Wizards during the 2020-21 season.
The two will meet again on Feb. 20 in Portland.
Portland swept the 2019-20 season series against Washington, 2-0.
But as luck would have it for the Trail Blazers, the team announced that Nassir Little, who is coming off a career night, is questionable due to a left knee sprain.
Portland has also listed Derrick Jones Jr. (left foot sprain), CJ McCollum (left midfoot fracture), Jusuf Nurkic (right wrist fracture) and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture) as OUT for Tuesday’s game.
For the Wizards, Thomas Bryant (left knee; left ACL injury) and Raul Neto (left groin; left groin tightness) are out.
Following Monday’s drubbing, our Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes discussed how the Trail Blazers ran into trouble that their ‘hope-they-miss’ defense couldn’t solve:
Ever wonder what would happen if the NBA’s best offensive team played against one of the very worst defensive teams?
Then you must not have watched Monday night’s debacle in Milwaukee, where the Bucks pounded the Trail Blazers 134-106. And by now I should not have to identify which team is one of the worst defensive units.
The game was over by the end of the third quarter, when the home team had a 113-77 lead and was shooting 62.1 percent from three-point range and 61.1 percent overall.
At that point, the deep reserves took over the game and Portland’s youngsters won the final quarter. But the damage was done by then.
The Trail Blazers had all sorts of problems with the Bucks’ penetration. That's toxic when a team has no rim protector. And when Milwaukee got into the lane, Portland tried to help from the corners, which led to opening up the most potent shot in basketball, the corner three.
That left Portland relying on the same defensive gambit it has leaned on since last season -- the "hope-they-miss" defense.
Read more here.
The Blazers are +2.5 point underdogs against the Wizards, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
Here’s what you need to know about Tuesday’s matchup –
- Damian Lillard averaged 28.5 points (50.0% FG, 46.2% 3-PT, 95.0% FT), 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.50 steals in two games against Washington last season. Lillard has reached the 20 mark in each of his last nine games against the Wizards.
- Carmelo Anthony averaged 20.5 points (68.2% FG, 66.7% 3-PT, 87.5% 3-PT), 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.00 steals in two games against the Wizards last season. Anthony is averaging 25.9 points over his 36 career games against Washington, his second highest scoring average against any team.
- In his only game against the Trail Blazers last season on March 4, Bradley Beal scored 29 points (10-29 FG, 4-9 3-PT, 5-6 FT) to go with six rebounds, six assists and one steal. Beal has scored at least 20 points in six of his last seven games against Portland, including a 51 point performance on Dec. 5, 2017 when he recorded a career-high 21 made FGs.
- Garrison Mathews scored 18 points (6-9 FG, 5-7 3-PT) while recording two rebounds and one assist against Portland on Jan. 3, 2020. It is the third-highest scoring game of his career.
POINT SPREAD: -- Trail Blazers: +2.5 (-110) – Wizards: -2.5 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Tuesday, February 2
Where: Capital One Arena | Washington, D.C.
Start time: 5:00 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
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