Wizards vs. Trail Blazers Preview: Can Washington go for the sweep and not lose ground in the playoff race

The road trip continues tonight as the Washington Wizards (35-32) look to stay in the hunt for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference with a game against the Portland Trail Blazers (44-24).

Back on February 3, the Wizards defeated the Blazers, 100-90, at home, allowing them to eclipse .500 for the first time this season. Now, they will have an opportunity to sweep the series and also stay in the hunt for at least the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Where and when? Tip off is at 10 p.m. at the Moda Center. You can watch the game on CSN+.

Who's out? LaMarcus Aldridge won't play after suffering a back injury on a scary fall in San Antonio last week. Joel Freeland is also out. Obviously, no Nene for the Wizards.

What are they good at? They have one of the top offenses in the NBA. Also, they are the best team in free throw percentage, making 82 percent of their shots at the stripe.

What are they bad at? The Blazers' defensive rating is No. 19 in the NBA, so this is a sign that the team will depend more on offense to win games. One of the things that keeps the Wizards' defense going is their ability to create turnovers; they're fourth in the NBA in turnovers per game. The Blazers are last at that category.

Who's going to win? The Blazers are just 4-6 this month, though four of those losses came on a road trip against the Southwest Division and another against the Golden State Warriors at home. Still, the Blazers are 25-9 at home, and they should have the upper hand here.

If the Wizards win, however, they will keep their turnovers under control and it would likely be combined with a night where the Blazers aren't shooting well.

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