Trail Blazers at Jazz - 11/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (2-2) at Utah Jazz (1-1)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -6.5 -- Over/Under: 193 See the Latest Odds
TV: KGW, ROOT
The Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz square off Wednesday at the EnergySolutions Arena.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for a nice road win to get a game above a .500 record. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 100 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 101.5 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.5 points and eight assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 21.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 8.5 rebounds and Mason Plumlee is dishing 2.8 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are playing better than expected, and it starts with a starting lineup that’s producing 76.3 points. The Trail Blazers defense is also allowing just 30.2 percent shooting from downtown. Gerald Henderson is questionable with a hip injury.
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The Utah Jazz look to get off to a solid start with three straight wins. The Utah Jazz are averaging 94.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 79.7 points on 37.2 percent shooting. Derrick Favors is averaging 21.3 points and 8.3 rebounds while Rodney Hood is averaging 15.3 points and 2.7 assists. Rudy Gobert is grabbing 13.3 rebounds and Trey Burke is dishing 3.3 assists. The Utah Jazz have allowed a combined 147 points in their last two games and are forcing 17.3 turnovers per game. The Jazz have allowed less than 100 points in 24 of their last 30 games. The Jazz have clearly shown that they’re one of the top defensive teams in the NBA.
The Trail Blazers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Jazz are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Utah.
I like what the Portland Trail Blazers have shown us in their first few games, as Lillard has rallied the troops and McCollum has emerged as a legit 1-2 punch. The Jazz are great defensively but also have trouble scoring at times. I think Portland can keep this one close.