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Portland at Washington
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 18, 2018
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia

The Portland Trail Blazers are enduring their first losing streak of the season while getting off to a tough start on their six-game road trip. The Trail Blazers will try to avoid a third consecutive setback when they visit the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

Portland fell at the Los Angeles Lakers and the Timberwolves to begin a trip that also stops in Milwaukee and Golden State and shot 42 percent in Friday's 112-96 setback in Minnesota. "It would be a concern if we weren’t getting good looks," point guard Damian Lillard told reporters. "I think the quality of our shots is pretty good. In this league, I've learned that the odds of you continuing to miss good looks over long periods of time is very slim. It's a slim chance we continue to miss them. As long as we keep creating those same types of opportunities, I think eventually we'll shoot the ball really well." The Wizards know all about poor shooting after connecting at 32.6 percent from the floor in the second half of Friday's 115-104 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. "We started out the game with pretty good energy, but we didn’t continue throughout the rest of the game," center Dwight Howard told reporters. "We have to do a better job, especially in the second half. (We should be) bringing more intensity to the third quarter, starting the quarters off right and just going from there."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCS Northwest (Portland), NBCS Washington

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (10-5): Lillard leads Portland in scoring at an average of 25.7 points but is coming off a tough performance in Minnesota in which he shot 5-of-18 from the floor and committed five turnovers. "The ball is in my hands a lot and the team counts on me to take care of the ball and make sure that we get quality possessions," Lillard told reporters. "I didn't do a great job of that. Sometimes games go that way." Friday's loss marked a season-low in scoring for the Trail Blazers, who reached 100 points in each of their first 14 contests.

ABOUT THE WIZARDS (5-10): Washington was enjoying its best string of the young season with wins in three straight before falling off in the second half against the Nets. "We couldn’t generate enough (3-point shots), and then we couldn’t knock down any shots," Wizards coach Scott Brooks told reporters. "They were clogging up the paint and we just didn't have anything going offensively. The problem was that we couldn't stay in front of the basketball tonight." Washington shot 3-of-18 from 3-point range in the loss as John Wall (1-of-5) and Bradley Beal (1-of-3) struggled.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Trail Blazers C Jusuf Nurkic recorded a double-double in each of the last three games

2. Howard recorded season highs of 25 points and 17 rebounds on Friday.

3. Washington's lone win during a 1-7 start was a 125-124 overtime triumph at Portland on Oct. 22.

PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 123, Wizards 113
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Portland 10-5 L2 7-2 3-3 0-0 10-5 1-1 6-3
Washington 5-10 L1 3-4 2-6 0-0 5-10 2-2 4-4
Last Meeting
Portland Washington
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
10/22/18 WAS 125 POR 124 124 70 39.8 125 54 41.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Portland D. Lillard 29 33.3 13
Washington M. Morris 28 60.0 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Portland J. Nurkic 18 9 9
Washington O. Porter Jr. 10 2 8
Assists Player  
Portland D. Lillard 8
Washington J. Wall 9
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Portland D. Lillard 435 44.9 106
Washington B. Beal 400 46.3 62
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Portland J. Nurkic 201 69 132
Washington B. Beal 86 12 74
Assists Player  
Portland D. Lillard 111
Washington J. Wall 151
Quickchart Matchup
Portland Portland Off vs  Washington Washington Defense
Portland Off vs Washington - Points For 114.6 Points For
Portland Off vs Washington - Points Against 116.7 Points Against
Portland - FG% 46.0 FG%
Washington - FG% 47.1 FG%
Portland - Reb 51.5 Reb
Washington - Reb 47.6 Reb
Washington Washington Off vs  Portland Portland Defense
Washington Off vs Portland - Points For 111.1 Points For
Washington Off vs Portland - Points Against 107.9 Points Against
Washington - FG% 45.3 FG%
Portland - FG% 43.4 FG%
Washington - Reb 40.9 Reb
Portland - Reb 44.5 Reb