Portland Trailblazers vs. Utah Jazz
The Portland Trail Blazers look to continue their recent success against the Utah Jazz when the square off tonight. The Jazz are -2 point favorites over the Trail Blazers with an over/under point total of 189.
The Jazz bounced back from consecutive losses to improve to 9-3 at home after Saturday’s hard fought 93-93 victory over the visiting Sacramento Kings. Despite 18 turnovers and only 18 combined points from leading scorers Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, Utah looked to other avenues for scoring as Gordon Hayward and C.J. Miles combined to score 41 points to guide the Jazz to victory. With that win aside, Utah had been struggling recently as they had lost three of four overall, losing twice to Dallas and in overtime against Toronto.
After another disappointing road loss, the Trail Blazers returned home to take their frustrations out on the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. Having dropped their seventh road game in just 10 attempts at Golden State, Portland continued their domination at the Rose Garden as they handed Phoenix a 38 point defeat, which was easily their biggest of the season. The Blazers improved to 9-1 at home with the win, but something has to give away from home, where they have struggled for most of the season.
The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Utah, while the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The Jazz are just 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games as a home favorite and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trail Blazers on the other hand are just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games as a road underdog and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 road games.
I really don’t think the Trail Blazers are as bad on the road as everyone makes then out to be. Going from their last 10 games, six of which were on the road, I can only see one bad loss in their which was against San Antonio by 16 points. They have lost by a total of eight points in games at Houston, Atlanta and Detroit, two of which were on back to backs and the Pistons game was at then end of the road trip. In their most recent game at Golden State, they were in it the whole way only to fall away late, seeing that was their third game in as many nights just after returning from that long road trip. The Jazz on the other hand have come back to earth lately with a couple of home losses, while struggling to beat the worst road team in the league in Sacramento. Portland are fresh and I think they come out and make a statement on the road.
Portland Trail Blazers +2.5 Utah Jazz