Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz
Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 10:30 PM (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Portland Trail Blazers go to Salt Lake City, Utah, to take on the Utah Jazz on Thursday at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Blazers are coming off of a disappointing loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, who have been terrible this season. The loss was a perfect display of the Blazers up and down season. The loss to the Pelicans also ended a four-game winning streak that Portland was on.
The Trail Blazers are 14-17 on the season and have found themselves as a much better team after the signing of Carmelo Anthony and the return of Damian Lillard. The Blazers are in the top 11 in points per game, rebounds per game and points allowed per game, but are the lowest in assists per game as they need to pass the ball around much more. Anthony's addition to the team has been much more positive than negative, but it certainly has stifled ball movement.
The Utah Jazz is coming off a loss to an excellent Miami Heat team. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak that the Jazz was on.
The Jazz is 18-12 on the season and starting to find a bit of last year's form, as the Jazz started the season as one of the most disappointing teams in the league. A lot has been thought about the Jazz, as a possible sneaky playoff contender. However, the winning streak has put a spark back in the Jazz team. The Jazz may also have a new spark as they have pulled off the first NBA trade this season since the Russell Westbrook trade. The Utah Jazz traded Dante Exum and picks to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson can add a much-needed spark to the bench.
Portland is 13-16-2 ATS this season
Over is 15-16 for Portland this season
Utah is 13-17 ATS this season
Over is 14-16 for the Jazz this season
This matchup is too inconsistent, but high-potential teams. I think just because the Utah Jazz has an excellent home record of 11-3 on the season, they will defend their home arena and win a very close game. Final Score Prediction, Portland Trail Blazers win 120-115.