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(48-30) Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers (39-40)
Saturday night NBA features a contest between two Western Conference foes, one on its way to the playoffs regardless of what happens and the other still looking to clinch the West’s final seed.
The Jazz travel to Portland, where the Blazers will remain until the end of the regular season.
*All standings, statistics, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 8, 2017.
The Utah Jazz are a defensive stalwart and there’s no denying that. You can claim all you want that this group allows so few points simply because it plays at one of the league’s slowest paces; however, that argument doesn’t have any legitimacy when you realize it has the league’s best Defensive Efficiency rating behind only the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors.
Against Portland, the Jazz will need that defense to be at its best as far as the perimeter is concerned. With Jusef Nurkic out for the rest of the regular season, there’s no worrying about the Blazers scoring on the inside as far as traditional bigs are concerned.
Meyers Leonard, Noah Vonleh and anybody else the Blazers throw at Utah have nothing on guys like Rudy Gobert.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, on the other hand, can do some damage.
Look for the Jazz to trap whenever necessary and look to force Portland’s other scorers to have themselves a night.
Portland Trail Blazers
Speaking of Portland’s other scorers having themselves a night: Holy Allen Crabbe.
Crabbe set the league’s high mark Thursday night in terms of three-pointers made off the bench. The 2-guard/small forward made his presences felt against the Minnesota Timberwolves hitting eight triples off the pine and missing just two in the process.
Simply put: Crabbe isn’t going to have a night like that against Utah. He won’t get the same easy looks he ended up with, and this team will need its backcourt to lead the way.
Luckily for Rip City, it’s become quite accustomed to that. Lillard, despite having a few off games recently, scored 30 points or more eight different times in March.
He’s dangerous; McCollum is dangers; the Blazers are dangerous when both are clicking.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Jazz are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Jazz are 1-7-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Jazz are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games.
- Trail Blazers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Trail Blazers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Trail Blazers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference
Free Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The Jazz are the better team this season. And they’re without a doubt the better team entering this game with Portland playing another game sans its 7-foot Bosnian Beast.
But there’s something about a desperate team we just can’t ignore.
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There’s no line set on this one just yet, but we like a Trail Blazers team fighting for its postseason life (and more importantly, controlling its own destiny).
Combine that with the fact that we really don’t know who will and will not suit up for the Jazz with the playoffs nearing, and you’ve got yourself a strong Portland victory—even if it comes in close fashion.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 101 – Utah Jazz 100
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