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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz - 12/21/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Jazz (15-17) at Portland Trail Blazers (18-13)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -2 -- Over/Under: 212
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The Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers meet Friday in NBA action at the Moda Center.

The Utah Jazz look for a bounce back win after losing four of their last six games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 106.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 20.9 points and 3.3 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 14.5 points and 12.4 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost their last four road games. 

The Portland Trail Blazers look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 111.8 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 27.2 points and six assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.5 points and 3.8 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing eight rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.1 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five of their last six home games.

The Jazz are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Trail Blazers are 28-10 ATS in their last 38 home games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Western Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Jazz are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Portland. The under is 6-2 in Trail Blazers last 8 overall. The under is 4-0 in Jazz last 4 overall.

The Utah Jazz are coming off a big win over the Golden State Warriors, which was encouraging, but they have yet to be able to sustain success, especially on the road where they've been a disappointment both SU and ATS. The Portland Trail Blazers re not only playing good basketball overall right now, but they've been one of the better covering home teams in the league dating back to last season and are outscoring teams by 8.3 points on 46.4 percent shooting at home this season. The Trail Blazers have also won six of the last 10 meetings against the Jazz. I'll lay the bucket.

Portland Trail Blazers -2

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