Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 30, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Portland -1 -- Over/Under 218
ESPN, ATRM, NSNW
The Utah Jazz invade the Moda Center to take on the red-hot Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday night.
The Utah Jazz have been in red-hot form lately as they’ve won nine of their last 10 games and they will be aiming for a fourth straight victory after blowing past the Timberwolves in a 125-111 road win on Sunday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 29 points and five assists, Ricky Rubio added 18 points with eight assists, Rudy Gobert scored 17 points on seven of eight shooting while Joe Ingles chipped in with 15 points and six assists. As a team, the Jazz shot a healthy 53 percent from the field and 15 of 39 from the 3-point line, but the key to the win was their play in the second half where they scored 72 points on 71 percent shooting. With the win, Utah improved to 29-22 overall and 14-13 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers are building some nice momentum with 10 wins in their last 13 games and they will be gunning for a third straight victory after taking down the Hawks in a 120-111 home win on Saturday. CJ McCollum led the team with a triple-double of 28 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Seth Curry started for the injured Damian Lillard and added 22 points while Al-Farouq Aminu chipped in with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 50 percent from the field and 11 of 30 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 40 points in the first quarter before pulling away in the second half where they outscored the Hawks by 57-47. With the win, Portland improved to 31-20 overall and 21-7 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a win of more than 10 points and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600. The Trailblazers are 8-0 ATS in their last eight games playing on three or more days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings, the under is 5-0 in the last five meetings and the Jazz are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Portland.
The Jazz are leading the regular season series by 2-1 but it was the Trailblazers who won the most recent meeting, a 109-104 win back on Monday. It was Lillard who led the Trailblazers with 26 points and eight assists but he is likely to sit out his second straight game after missing Saturday's win with a knee injury. I'm sure McCollum will have another big game, but I don't think it will be enough against the elite defense of the Jazz in this one.