Portland Trailblazers vs. Utah Jazz
The Portland Trail Blazers are 3-point road favorites tonight when they take on the Utah Jazz tonight.Â The over/under for the game is set at 189. The National Basketball Associations regular season is quickly coming to a close, but there is still some time to improve or maintain playoff positioning.
Portland is 45-33 overall and 43-35 against the spread.Â They currently sit in sixth place in the Western Conference standings.Â It seems highly unlikely that the Trail Blazers will catch Denver, but they must really worry about New Orleans and Memphis overtaking them in the standings.Â Portland had won two in a row before Tuesdays loss to Golden State as 10-point favorite, 108-87.Â The combined 195 points failed to topple the 203-point closing total.Â The Trail Blazers did secure a playoff berth despite the setback when Houston lost at Sacramento. Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge posted 17 points and 12 rebounds in the loss, while guard Wesley Matthews provided 17 points.Â Small forward Nicolas Batum scored 15 points in the defeat, while point guard Andre Miller had 12 points.
Utah is 37-41 overall and 34-44 against the spread.Â Utah is playing out the string to a disappointing season, but can still play a spoiler roll down the stretch.Â They had dropped eight games in a row and four consecutive contests against the spread before surprising the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday as 13-point road underdogs, 86-85.Â The combined 171 points failed to eclipse the 193-point closing total, helping the der improve to 7-1 the previous eight outings. Rookie forward Gordon Hayward paced the offense with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, while power forward Paul Millsap had 22 points and seven rebounds.Â Forward Derrick Favors had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the victory, while center Al Jefferson provided 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Portland is 2-1 overall and against the spread this season against Utah, winning December 27th as a 7-point road underdog, 96-91, and December 30th as a one-point home favorite, 100-89.Â The Jazz prevailed November 20th as a 3-point road underdog, 103-94.Â The favorite is 10-3 against the spread in the last 13 games in this series, while the er is 7-2 the previous nine games.Â Today I am wagering on the er which is 189, looking to make it 8 out of 10 with the over winning.