Free NBA Pick: Jazz vs Trail Blazers Lines
Looking for Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Jazz taking on the Blazers on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(0-0) Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers (0-0)
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 25
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center – Portland, Ore.
NBA Moneyline Odds: -105
NBA Betting Odds: POR -6
NBA Betting Total: Off
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The 2016-17 NBA season is set to kick off with three contests on Tuesday night. Although the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers are the only teams playing that evening who won’t be on national television, this game has plenty of reasons to watch on League Pass.
For starters, these two teams could ultimately find themselves fighting for a division title late in the year.
There’s also the star power of Portland’s backcourt versus the depth and defense of the Jazz.
This contest won’t be on TNT like the night’s other two showdowns, but don’t let that convince you this one doesn’t matter.
Utah is looking to finally hit the scene on a national level this season. Since the post-All-Star stretch of the 2014-15 campaign, the Jazz’s defense has been elite and only health and point guard have prevented them from returning to the playoffs.
As far as the latter goes, the team brought in George Hill to add consistency to the position.
But as far as health is concerned, this squad has already been dealt a blow before the year has even tipped off.
Gordon Hayward, Utah’s top scorer and primary offensive option, won’t suit up Tuesday night following a preseason finger injury that will sideline him for the first few weeks of the year.
Going up against a high-scoring Portland squad, that’s going to be the team’s defensive effort and role-player production even more important.
Portland Trail Blazers
With Hayward sidelined, the Blazers will focus their defensive attention toward guys like Hill and Joe Johnson.
Defending post players such as Derrick Favors will also be important, but with Hayward out, X-factors on the perimeter could be what keeps the contest close.
On offense, look for Damian Lillard to get his season started off on the right foot.
Utah will likely use traps and double teams to disrupt his shot, but with secondary ball-handlers like Evan Turner and CJ McCollum to offer him relief, a big scoring night could be in order for Portland’s franchise figure.
Another reason Portland could have a big scoring night ahead, despite Utah’s stingy defense, is the new small-ball look Terry Stotts has given the starting lineup.
Al-FarouqAminu will be Portland’s starting power forward this season as the team looks to push the pace.
Nobody is going to claim that the Trail Blazers are the second coming of the Golden State Warriors, but a Warriors-lite approach with an elite backcourt leading the way could ultimate help them find success.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games.
- Over is 6-1 in Trail Blazers last 7 overall.
- Over is 6-1 in Trail Blazers last 7 vs. Western Conference.
- Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
- Over is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Portland.
Free Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction
If Hayward were healthy and participating in Tuesday night’s tilt, we’d likely have a different outcome pegged.
Utah would not only have its gritty defense to lead the way, but it would also have a go-to scorer to combat what Portland’s able to do with its backcourt.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: POR ATS
Alas, Hayward won’t be playing and it will take a defensive effort we just don’t see coming to fruition to contain the high-octane offense Portland looks to display during Game 1 of the new season.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah 98 – Portland 110
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