The Portland Thorns will try to keep rolling on Saturday when they travel to face a resilient Houston Dash squad in a pivotal NWSL matchup. Saturday's showdown gets underway from BBVA Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be streamed on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan. The Thorns are the top-ranked team in the NWSL standings after winning four of their last six games. The Dash, meanwhile, have secured three victories in their last four outings.
The Thorns and Dash last squared off May 2, playing to a 1-1 draw. Both teams will be missing key pieces with players like Lindsey Horan, Crystal Dunn and Kristie Mewis, who are representing the USWNT in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Portland is the +145 money-line favorite (risk $100 to win $145) in the latest Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash odds.
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How to watch Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash
- Date: Saturday, July 24
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Streaming: Paramount+
NWSL picks for Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns
Before you tune in to Saturday's NWSL match, you need to see the NWSL picks from women's soccer expert Sandra Herrera. She is CBS Sports' women's soccer analyst and has been reporting on the game for more than five years. Providing insight both internationally and domestically, she has covered local markets, NWSL drafts and NWSL finals. She knows the women's game inside and out.
For Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash, Herrera is backing the Dash (+170) to come up with a pivotal win at home that would pull them even with the Thorns in the standings with 19 points. Houston's offense has been clicking on all cylinders in recent weeks. In fact, the Dash have scored seven goals in their last four fixtures. The Thorns, meanwhile, have failed to score a goal in two of their last four games.
In addition, Houston has been unbeatable at home this season, going 3-0-1 at BBVA Stadium. On the other hand, Portland has struggled on the road, winning just two of its four road fixtures.
Herrera is also expecting weather to play a factor in Saturday's showdown, with Houston having the distinct advantage of training in the sweltering Texas heat on a daily basis. The Dash vs. Thorns weather forecast is calling for a hot and humid matchup, with temperatures in the 90s at kickoff.
"Houston's Shea Groom has been solid in the midfield, while Veronica Latsko and Jasmyne Spencer have been strong on the counter," Herrara told SportsLine. "Look for the home side to play the climate to their advantage in this one."
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