Trail Blazers at Jazz - 12/31/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (13-20) at Utah Jazz (13-16)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, ROOT
The Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz meet New Year’s Eve at the EnergySolutions Arena.
The Portland Trail Blazers hope to win four straight games for the first time this season. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 101 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 103.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting. C.J. McCollum is averaging 20.1 points and four assists while Al-Farouq Aminu is averaging 10.9 points and 6.9 rebounds. Allen Crabbe is dishing 1.1 assists and Mason Plumlee is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.5 turnovers per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost seven of their last 10 road games.
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The Utah Jazz need a victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 97.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 97.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19 points and five rebounds while Rodney Hood is averaging 12.2 points and 2.5 assists. Trey Burke is dishing 2.7 assists and Trevor Booker is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Utah Jazz have won five of their last eight home games.
The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Jazz are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Utah.
The Trail Blazers continue to struggle on the road and have been even worse ATS away from home. The Jazz at home should be able to cover this chalk but I'm not thrilled about this game.