Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers - 2/21/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (27-27) at Portland Trail Blazers (28-27)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz invade the Moda Center to take on the Portland Trailblazers tonight.
The Jazz have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league, winning eight of their last 10 games including a 111-93 rout of the Celtics in their last outing. Derrick Favors led the way with 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Gordon Hayward added 22 points while Rudy Gobert had 11 points and 15 rebounds as the Jazz shot 54 percent from the field and 10 of 23 from the 3-point line in a clinical win. With the victory, Utah avoids a third straight loss and improves to 27-27 on the season which has them sitting just outside the playoff picture in ninth place behind Houston.
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Meanwhile, the Trailblazers have won nine of their last 10 games and are coming off their best win of the season, a 137-105 drubbing of the league-best Warriors. CJ McCollum had a nice night of 21 points and seven assists while a couple of role players chipped in here and there, but this game was all about Damian Lillard who poured in a career-high 51 points to go along with seven assists and six steals in one of the best performances of the season. With the monumental win, Portland improves to 28-27 overall which is good enough for seventh in the Western Conference standings, just half a game behind the sixth-placed Mavericks.
In ATS trends, the Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games, while the Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games.
Head to head, the Jazz are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Portland and the over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.
The Blazers and the Jazz actually come into this game in similar form so it's hard to separate these two teams, but I'll be taking the Blazers to pull away and cover at home after what I saw from Lillard just a couple nights ago.