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Jazz open as NBA underdog vs Trail Blazers

Portland Trail BlazersUtah Jazz
April 7, 10:30 PM | EnergySolutions Arena

Portland Trail Blazers vs Utah Jazz Odds

45-33TEAM RECORD37-41

The Jazz will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Trail Blazers tip off at EnergySolutions Arena on Thursday in NBA play.

The Jazz currently sports a record of 37-41, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 32-44-2 ATS. The Trail Blazers are 45-33 and 40-34-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Jazz post a 40-37-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Trail Blazers have gone 38-39-1 against the number.

View Portland vs Utah Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 4-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, while the total was hovering around 999 at most shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Jazz at No. 25 and the Trail Blazers at No. 18 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 100-96 result in favor of the Trail Blazers.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Utah's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 99.6 PPG, against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 6 at 94.9 PPG. The Jazz field goal percentage has averaged 46.3% so far, more than the Trail Blazers shooters have achieved on the year, 44.8% per game.

Defensively, the Trail Blazers feature the league's No. 8-rated defense on the road, allowing 96.6 points per game. Utah, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the league in scoring at home.

Portland lost its last outing, a 108-87 result against the Warriors on April 5. The Trail Blazers failed to cover in that game as a 10-point favorite, while the 195 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Portland was crushed on Tuesday, getting run out of the gym by Golden State and falling 108-87 at Rose Garden.

Utah was an 86-85 winner in its last match on the road against the Lakers. They covered the 13.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 171 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Utah earned an 86-85 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday, getting 22 points from Paul Millsap at STAPLES Center.

Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After playing Golden State are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing San Antonio are 4-6
After playing LA Lakers are 4-6
After a win are 1-9

A few Trail Blazers at Jazz trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Portland's last 9 games when playing Utah
Portland is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland's last 6 games when playing on the road against Utah
Portland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 5 games
Utah is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Portland
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Utah's last 9 games when playing Portland
Utah is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Portland

Next up:
Portland home to LA Lakers, Friday, April 8
Utah at San Antonio, Saturday, April 9

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