Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz - 2/1/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers

Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:30 PM (Moda Center)

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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. 

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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. 

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Joshua’s Pick Utah Jazz -5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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