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Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/25/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland Trail Blazers (19-14) at Utah Jazz (16-18)
Date & Time Tuesday December 25, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Utah Jazz -6 -- Over/Under: 214.5
TV Channel
ESPN, ATRM, NSNW
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Portland Trail Blazers look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 111.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 46 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.9 points and 5.8 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.9 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Utah Jazz look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 106.9 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 105.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 20.2 points and 3.4 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 14.6 points and 12.3 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won four of their last five home games.

The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Northwest. The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Utah. The favorite is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The under is 6-0 in Jazz last 6 overall. The under is 7-2 in Trail Blazers last 9 overall. 

The Portland Trail Blazers have been an absolute mess on the road this season and got waxed by the Utah Jazz by 30 points a few days ago. The Utah Jazz have had consistency issues all season long, but they're back to their defensive roots and a run feels like it will take place soon enough. The Portland Trail Blazers have the ability to win this game outright, but I don't trust them on the road with their lack of defense, as they're allowing 49 percent shooting from the field and 43.6 percent shooting from three on the road this season. There's better Christmas games to wager on, but I'll eat the chalk with the Jazz if forced to pick this game.

Pick:
Utah Jazz -6

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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