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Trail Blazers host Jazz in basketball action

Utah JazzPortland Trail Blazers
4-16December 06, 2013, 10:00 | Rose Garden16-3

The Trail Blazers will try to cover the spread at Rose Garden on Friday when they get a visit from the Jazz in basketball action.

The Jazz will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 9-10-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Trail Blazers are 14-5 ATS. Utah is 8-12 against the total, while Portland is 13-6 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Trail Blazers sat as -12-point Favorite. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 199.5.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Trail Blazers rated this week at No. 9 and the Jazz sitting at No. 29. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 96-83 result in favor of the Trail Blazers today.

The Jazz were a 95-86 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Pacers. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (181) made winners of UNDER bettors. Derrick Favors scored 22 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 95-86 against Indiana in NBA action at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Trail Blazers were a 111-104 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Thunder. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (215) made winners of OVER bettors. Oklahoma City was victimized by LaMarcus Aldridge for 38 points as the Trail Blazers defeated the Thunder 111-104 in NBA action on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Jazz rank No. 26 in the league with 40.3 per game. That compares with Portland’s No. 8 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Portland is the NBA’s No. 4-ranked team at 9.42 per game, while the Jazz rate No. 27 with 5.8 per contest.

Next up:
Utah home to Sacramento, Saturday, December 7th
Portland home to Dallas, Saturday, December 7th