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2021 NBA Handicapping
(40-29) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz (50-19)
Date: Wednesday, May 12th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Blazers +130 | Jazz -150
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 235.5
On Wednesday, May 12th, the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz will compete for the third and final this season. The Jazz are have won both prior meetings on December 23rd (120-100) and April 8th (122-103)
The Jazz holds the all-time record between the clubs with 106 wins in 194 meetings. Last season, the teams played three times with Utah winning two of the three contests.
Portland Trail Blazers
While they say a team shows their identity during the season the reality is closing strong makes a difference. The Heat showed how getting hot at the right time pays dividends last year in the Disney bubble and the Blazers have been that team in the West.
Granted this season all typical situations can be tossed out with the dishwater because COVID has changed everything. The funny thing is I had the Blazers as the West dark horse at season start.
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That prediction was based on Damian Lillard’s talent with deadly accuracy from the logo, the team’s depth, and the belief they’d improve defensively. Okay, so two out of three I was right about.
They’ve won eight of their last nine and jumped all the way up to fifth after games played Tuesday. They won the tiebreaker versus Dallas but the Mavericks would get the higher seed because they lead the Southwest Division.
Both Dallas and Portland hold a one-game edge over the Lakers but of the trio the Blazers have the hardest closing schedule. facing the Jazz, Suns (in the second game of back-to-back), and Nuggets.
Things could work in their favor though since the Suns are two games back of Utah and two up on the Clippers.
Nassir Little (back spasms) is questionable. Zach Collins is out still rehabbing from his ankle fracture with hopes he’ll be able to suit up for the postseason (and yes, I did think the Blazers defense would improve with his presence when I made that prediction.)
With three losses in their last four games, the Suns gave the Jazz breathing room atop the Western Conference. With a two-game pad, Utah should easily take the Conference now given they play these Blazers and then the Thunder and Kings.
Phoenix will play the Blazers on Thursday and close out the season with two matches versus a motivated Spurs team trying to remain in the play-in tournament.
In their last match, the Jazz lost to the Warriors ending their five-game win streak. They’re still playing without the benefit of Donovan Mitchell or Mike Conley which is allowing Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson to get into a nice shooting rhythm that both have capitalized on.
In the loss to the Dubs, Clarkson scored 41 while Bogdanovic dropped 27 points.
Conley hasn’t played since April 24th, or the last eight matches and is considered day-to-day. Mitchell hasn’t played in 13 games going all the way back to April 16th with that sore ankle and won’t play Wednesday. Juwan Morgan (heel) is day-to-day.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Jazz are 6-4 in the last 10 head-to-head meetings.
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these clubs
- The over/under is 4-6 in the last 10 contests between the clubs
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
Portland is defying the odds and I’m going to finish the season how I started believing they’ll carry this momentum forward.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers +3.5
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