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(4-3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz (4-3)
Date: Wednesday November 1
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -4
NBA Betting Total: 196.5
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November begins with a division tilt in the Northwest division. These teams are tied in record and the whole division is within a game of each other as this is being written. Neither team is a favourite but the longer they hang around you never know.
This is an interesting contrast in terms of the Jazz’s strength up front with the Trail Blazers strong backcourt. The Jazz have won two in a row while the Blazers are off a loss.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland is in the top ten in scoring and defense but that has only translated into a 4-3 record after a not so great loss to Toronto on Monday night. Is something wrong.
Not with the backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. They are averaging 47ppg and shooting the ball pretty well, especially McCollum who is making more than half of his threes so far this season.
Last year they got a real push when they acquired Jusuk Nurkic down the stretch. This season his scoring is below what he averaged with the Blazers and he is not the same rebounding presence he was a year ago.
On the boards they are getting great production from Ed Davis. He leads the team at just under 10 rebounds per game. I think you might have to go back to Denis Rodman with the Pistons to find a reserve who leads the team in boards.
When the Blazers parted ways with Allan Crabbe there was concern about their outside shooting. Third year wing Pat Connaughton has shown that he is ready for more responsibility and making 48% of his threes.
Utah might have lost its best player with Gordon Hayward in Boston but they did not lose their most important. Rudy Gobert is anchoring the back end of a defense that is tops in the NBA which is no surprise. They just have to score enough to win ball games.
It was not a big headline but the Jazz scooped up Ricky Rubio to play the point. His limitations are obvious at this point in his career but he is averaging a career best 15ppg. He was criticized for not being a shooter with Minnesota but all of his numbers are up as part of this Jazz team.
The Jazz are not going to blow anyone away but there might be more talent than you think. Rodney Hood has assumed the top scoring mantle and he is part of a collection of wing talent that is intriguing. Dante Exum, who would have benefited greatly from the Hayward loss has yet to play a game this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 5-0 in Trail Blazers last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
- Under is 6-1-1 in Trail Blazers last 8 Wednesday games.
- Under is 4-0-1 in Jazz last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- Under is 7-1-1 in Jazz last 9 games following a straight up win.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
No line yet but the Jazz should be favoured in this one. They have yet to lose at home and have covered
The key in any game against Portland is neutralizing the backcourt. Utah should be able to do it enough to win by a possession or two.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: No line currently posted
This one will be a battle of tempo for sure. You could wait til halftime and see which team is better at setting what they want.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah 101 – Portland 93
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