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Trail Blazers vs Jazz NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz
  • Where: Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena
  • Date: Saturday, December 3rd
  • Betting Odds UTA -4, POR +147 | UTA -180 O/U 226.5

The Trail Blazers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 11-11. So far, the team has gone 13-9-0 against the spread. The Trail Blazers come into the game in the middle of a 3 game losing streak, losing these matchups by an average of -13.0 points per contest.

Not only did the Trail Blazers drop their last game to the Lakers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 128-109 as 6 point underdogs. In the defeat, Portland did not outscore the Lakers in a single quarter. In the loss, Jerami Grant led the team in scoring with 27 points on a field goal percentage of 43.5%.

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The Jazz come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 14-11. So far, the team has gone 14-9-2 against the spread. The Jazz entered today’s game having picked up 2 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 16.5 points per game.

In their previous game, the Jazz took down the Pacers by a score of 139-119. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 4 point favorites. Utah played well enough in the second half to prevent the Pacers from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 16 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Lauri Markkanen, as he contributed 24 points while hitting 53.3% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Last year, the Trail Blazers saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Jazz, averaging 94.25 points per game. As for Portland, they actually improved their points per game numbers in head-to-head matchups, averaging 120.75 points per contest against the Jazz. The Jazz have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 5-0. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 22 points per game. In these contests, they averaged a combined 218 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 22 games, the Trail Blazers are averaging 109.8 points per contest, placing them 25th in the NBA. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Trail Blazers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 96.7 per contest. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 29th in fields goals made per contest.

Currently, the Trail Blazers defense is ranked 27th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.11 points per game vs the unit.

This season, the Trail Blazers offense has primarily worked through Anfernee Simons and Jerami Grant who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 20 games, Simons is 22nd in the NBA at 23.8 points per game. so far, him and Grant have accounted for 41% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 46.04 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jerami Grant is grabbing 4.29 rebounds for Portland to go along with 2.67 assists.

Coming into today’s action, Utah is averaging 117.9 points per contest. This figure places them 3rd in the league. The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.7 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 17.4 made free-throws per game.

Defensively, the Jazz are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.57 points per contest (10th).

On offense, Lauri Markkanen leads the Jazz in scoring at 22.28 points per game, placing him 30th in the NBA. Overall, Markkanen has hit 53.1% of his shots while accounting for 17.0% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 7th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 19.52 points per game, Jordan Clarkson is the 2nd leading scorer for the Jazz. For the season, he is 135th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting an effective field goal percentage of 19.05.

Trail Blazers vs Jazz Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Trail Blazers +4
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 226.5

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