Utah Jazz (48-33) at Portland Trail Blazers (48-33)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 11, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 201.5
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The Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Moda Center.
The Utah Jazz look for another victory to build on their impressive six-game winning streak. The Utah Jazz are averaging 104.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 100.1 points on 45 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 20.5 points and 3.7 assists while Jae Crowder is averaging 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Favors is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won 15 of their last 16 road games.
The Portland Trail Blazers could use a confidence boosting victory to snap a four-game losing streak. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 105.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 103.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.8 points and 6.5 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.4 points and four rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won 11 of their last 13 home games.
The Jazz are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest, 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Portland, the home team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the favorite is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
It almost seems foolish to turn down free points with the Utah Jazz given how well they've played in the second half and the fact they've only lost one road game since January 24. However, the Jazz did play last night and this game is for the No. 3 seed in the West. The Portland Trail Blazers have been in a bit of a slump, but they're very good at home where they've won 11 of their last 13 and are averaging 106.9 points this season. The Trail Blazers also blew the doors off the Jazz the last time they met, winning by 19 points and forcing 19 turnovers. In a big game with a lot on the line, I want the team that's at home and rested. I'll eat the bucket.