NBA Game Preview - Jazz underdogs vs Trail Blazers at Portland
Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds
The Trail Blazers will be trying to slam the Jazz on Saturday when the teams tip off at Rose Garden in NBA betting action.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Trail Blazers currently sports a record of 23-22, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 20-23-2 ATS. The Jazz are 25-21 and 22-23-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Trail Blazers post a 21-24 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Jazz have gone 22-23-1 against the number.
The Jazz were listed as 4-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 195.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 20-rated Trail Blazers and the No. 19-ranked Jazz, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 99-97 result in favor of the Trail Blazers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Portland's No. 14-ranked offense (97.1 PPG) against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 20 at 99.3 PPG. The Trail Blazers have averaged 43.8% from the field per game, less than the Jazz have managed so far this season (44.9% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Jazz own the league's No. 19-rated mark, allowing 101 points per game when playing on the road. Portland, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in scoring on their home court.
Portland lost its last outing, an 86-77 result against the Jazz on February 1. The Trail Blazers failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog, while the 163 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Damian Lillard scored 26 points for Portland on Friday, but the Jazz managed an 86-77 victory over the Trail Blazers at EnergySolutions Arena.
Utah home to Sacramento, Monday, February 4
Portland at Minnesota, Monday, February 4