Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz - 12/6/13
Utah Jazz (4-16) at Portland Trail Blazers (16-3)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Rose Garden)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -12 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trailblazers look for yet another win when they take on the Utah Jazz at home.
The Blazers have been one of the surprise teams of the season so far and if you saw their last game against the Thunder, you would have seen why they are 16-3 so far. LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with a game-high 38 points and 13 rebounds on 17 of 28 shooting, while the rest of the starters finished in double figures, but this game was all about composure as the Blazers refused to panic in the midst of the waves of attack from Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. In fact, the Blazers have been unflappable all season which is quite impressive given how young their key players are.
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Meanwhile, the Jazz seem to have recovered from their terrible start to the season with three wins in their last five games after losing 14 of their first 15 games. On Wednesday against the Pacers, the Jazz played incredibly well to hold the Pacers to 17 first quarter points and keep the game close for the majority of the game, but eventually the Pacers just grinded their way to a win and found a way to beat the Jazz despite missing so many shots they usually make. Derrick Favors battled foul trouble but still led the team with 22 points and 13 rebounds while Enes Kanter had 20 points. Trey Burke continues to improve with every game as he had 13 points and nine assists, but Gordon Hayward had a poor shooting night of three for 14 shooting for 12 points.
In ATS trends, the Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss, while the Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the Jazz are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Portland and the Over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings overall.
The Blazers have shown great mettle to beat the best teams in the league, so you can forget about them losing to the lowly Jazz at home. However, Burke has the Jazz looking like a much better team and I think they have enough to keep the score respectable when it's all said and done.