Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers Preview, Prediction, Free Pick, 12-21-2018




Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers Preview, Prediction, Free Pick, 12-21-2018

Utah Jazz (14-17) vs Portland Trail Blazers (17-13)

Date : 12/21/2018
Time : 10:00 PM
Location : Moda Center

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers will return home to the Moda Center for their 2nd consecutive home game where they will play host to the Utah Jazz in a Western Conference matchup, the opening tipoff is slated for 10:00 PM. The Jazz have started slow in 2018 as they sit towards the bottom of the conference while the Trail Blazers have played well and sit 5th in the Western Conference.

Utah Jazz 's Latest Performance :

Looking at the standings the Utah Jazz are currently the 2nd worst team in the Western Conference but they made sure they showed the NBA world their true ability on Wednesday as they were able to beat the top team in the NBA in the Golden State Warriors 108-103. The Jazz were led by Australian forward Joe Ingles as he was able to drop a team-high 20 points in the win. Ingles is known as a sharpshooter but he has been unable to generate much scoring this season as he is only averaging 11.7 PPG which is good for 5th on the team. Star guard Donovan Mitchell was unable to reach his season average of 21 PPG but he was still able to put together a nice outing with 17 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. The Jazz were able to receive a pair of double-doubles in this game as Rudy Gobert and Jae Crowder had big outings. Gobert is a traditional double-double guy for the Jazz and he continued his good season with 17 points and 15 rebound performance against the Warriors. Crowder was able to provide a big spark off the bench for the Jazz as he as able to drop 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

Portland Trail Blazers's Latest Performance :

The Portland Trail Blazers have started off the 2018 season on a good note as they only sit 4 games out of 1st place and they have continued to build on their placing in the standings as they have won 2 straight games. The Trail Blazers were able to return home after a small road trip and beat the Memphis Grizzlies in a low scoring affair 99-92. Leading the way for the Blazers was no other than star PG Damian Lillard as he dropped 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the win. Lillard has led the way for the Blazers in the early going of 2018 as he leads the team with 27.3 PPG, 6 APG, and 6 RPG. The 2nd piece to the Blazers backcourt was unable to get much generated against the Grizzlies as C.J. McCollum only dropped 11 points. McCollum has been a key piece behind the Blazers success this season as he is currently averaging 21.9 PPG. The 3rd scoring piece is Jusuf Nurkic was only able to record 8 points but he was a force on the boards as he grabbed 7 rebounds. The Blazers bench proved to be the difference in this one as Myles Leonard dropped 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Zach Collins dropped 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

How Utah Jazz & Portland Trail Blazers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Utah is 14-16-1 ATS, 8-11-1 ATS on the road.

Portland is 15-15 ATS, 10-5 ATS at home.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Portland ranks 11th in the NBA in team scoring as they score an average of 112.2 PPG while Utah ranks 24th as they score an average of 106.5 PPG.

Utah ranks 6th in the NBA in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 106.5 PPG while Portland ranks 17th as they hold opponents to an average of 110.8 PPG.

Against The Spread Selection: Portland Trail Blazers

My reason for the pick :

The Utah Jazz looked good at home against the Golden State Warriors but it is unlikely they can go on the road against a solid Trail Blazers squad and repeat that performance. The Blazers showed the ability to win last outing against a good defensive team as they beat the 2nd ranked Memphis squad at home a few days back. The Blazers were able to receive a typical outing out of Lillard but McCollum and Nurkic only combined for 18 points and I don’t expect the same results once again. The Trail Blazers have also been really good ATS at home while the Jazz haven’t been anything spectacular ATS on the road. Roll with the Blazers.

Betting trends for Utah Jazz :

  • Utah is 0-3 ATS against Northwest division teams this season.

Betting trends for Portland Trail Blazers:

  • Portland is 10-7 ATS as a favorite this season.

Anthony

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