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NBA Matchup - Trail Blazers Jazz Odds Preview

Utah JazzPortland Trail Blazers
19-34February 21, 2014, 10:00 | Rose Garden36-18

The NBA betting slate features a clash between Portland and Utah on Friday, with the host Trail Blazers trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.

Portland battles the Jazz, currently with a 19-34 mark (25-27-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 34-19-1 for the Trail Blazers and 24-29 for the Jazz. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Trail Blazers installed as -7.5-point Favorite in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 202.5.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 17-rated Trail Blazers and the No. 22-rated Jazz in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 98-89 win for the Trail Blazers on Friday.

The Jazz were a 105-99 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Nets. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (204) made winners of OVER bettors. Utah suffered a 105-99 loss against Brooklyn on Wednesday, getting 23 points from Alec Burks in a losing effort at EnergySolutions Arena.

Portland was a 111-109 loser in its last match at home against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 220 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Damian Lillard was dynamite, scoring 31 points and adding 4 rebounds but San Antonio still won, 111-109, over Portland on Wednesday at Rose Garden.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Portland's No. 1-rated squad against Utah's No. 24-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Portland rates No. 2 in the league with 9.35 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 23 with 6.7 per outing.

Next up:
Utah home to Minnesota, Saturday, February 22nd
Portland home to Minnesota, Sunday, February 23rd