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(23-32) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz (34-22)
Date: Wednesday, February 15
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 205
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz both enter this contest coming off devastating losses.
In Portland’s case, the team lost its fourth in five games and third straight home game — this one in overtime to the Atlanta Hawks. The Jazz, on the other hand, were crushed by the LA Clippers in their third straight dropped game.
Neither team has a lot of momentum entering this contest, but both have motivation to go into the All-Star break with a win considering playoff positioning is becoming more important as the year progresses.
*All standings, statistics, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers enter this contest averaging 107.6 points per game. That number is good enough for ninth in the NBA.
Defensively, this group is giving up 110.1 points per contest. That number puts them at 26th in the league.
In the loss to Atlanta, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum got their numbers scoring 21 and 26 points, respectively. However, efficiency was a huge concern.
The two guards, who admittedly make up one of the top three backcourts in the NBA, shot a disastrous 15 of 45 from the field. For those keeping track at home, that’s a clean (yet awful) 33.3 percent.
From distance it wasn’t much bette. The two nailed a combined six three-point shots, but took 17 attempts to make it happen.
Thirty-five percent from long distance isn’t going to kill you most games, but when it comes at such high volume and isn’t complemented with better shooting in other areas, it’s a huge problem.
The Jazz enter this contest scoring 100 points per game. That number is only good enough for 28th in the Association.
The good news for Jazz fans is that the offense isn’ nearly as bad as that number indicates. That number comes from a slow pace and a playing style that emphasizes setting up in the halfcourt instead of scoring cheap buckets quickly.
The fact that Utah’s offensive efficiency is around the top 10 of the league (give or take depending on recent trends) complements the defense nicely.
This group allows 95.8 points per game, which is good enough for first in the league.
But if you’re thinking that has more to do with pace than personnell, don’t kid yourself. This team is third in defensive efficiency behind only two teams.
The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.
- Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.
- Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.
- Jazz are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
The line has not yet been set for this matchup, so it’s impossible to predict a winner ATS.
That said, we can say at this juncture that we feel good about a Utah win straight up by a significant margin.
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The Blazers, known for their offense all season, is actually struggling on that end of the floor as of late.
What could keep this one close is the fact that Utah plays at a slow enough pace to keep their offensive numbers down on the year; however, the Jazz are an efficient group on both ends of the floor.
Give this one to the Jazz at home by double digits.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah Jazz 110 – Portland 98
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