Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:30 PM (Moda Center)
Utah at Portland
The Utah Jazz goes to Portland, Oregon to take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday at the Moda Center. The Utah Jazz is coming off of a three-game losing streak, losing to the Houston Rockets, that loss snapped a four-game winning streak as well losing to the San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets in their last game.
The Utah Jazz is 32-16 on the season and is 14-12 on the road, finding it much harder to win away from their home arena. The Jazz is fourth in the Western Conference, but are just a game away from being tied with the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers for the second seed. The Jazz has a decent offense but has excelled on the defensive end, ranking sixth in the NBA in points allowed per game.
The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off of a two-game winning streak, defeating the Houston Rockets in their previous game as well as defeating the Indiana Pacers, both wins over current playoff teams.
The Portland Trail Blazers are 21-27 on the season and are attempting to rise up into that eighth spot into the Western Conference playoffs. With the way that Damian Lillard is playing, the Blazers certainly have a chance, but they need to strengthen their defense if they want a possibility of the playoffs.
Utah is 25-22-1 ATS this season
Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Portland is 18-28-2 ATS this season
Trail Blazers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
This game is going to be a fun matchup as the Portland Trail Blazers' identity is through finding explosions on offense, whether that be consistently 20-point games out of Carmelo Anthony, or Damian Lillard Wild Nights of 50 to 60 points in a game. However, the Portland Trail Blazers are one of the worst defensive teams in all of the league, while the Utah Jazz finds it difficult to score a ton of points, but are one of the best defensive teams and all the league. I think that the defense wins out in this game, and the Utah Jazz wins this game very close. Final Score Prediction, Utah Jazz win 114 - 112.