The Utah Jazz (27-28) look to extend their eight-game winning streak against the Portland Trail Blazers (31-25) at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers ATS Prediction
In the Jazz’s last outing, they defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 106-94. Utah’s 20.0 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over Charlotte, who had a mark of 10.6. The Jazz’s mark was below their season average of 20.2, while the Hornets’ was below their season average of 22.8. Utah was led by Rudy Gobert, who contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds.
The Trail Blazers had no trouble getting past the Sacramento Kings in their last contest, 118-100. The Trail Blazers, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.512, had a solid mark of 0.574 and had a better free throw rate (0.193 vs. 0.167). Damian Lillard was the top scorer from either team with 50 points on 16-for-26 shooting.
The offense of Portland (15th in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 106.0) will go head-to-head against the stingy defense of Utah (fifth in the NBA with a defensive efficiency of 104.6). The Jazz should have the advantage on that end of the court.
Utah holds records of 27-28 straight up (SU) and 30-25 against the spread (ATS). Just over half of the Jazz’s games have finished under the projected point total.
Meanwhile, Portland is 31-25 SU and 27-23-6 ATS. Games including the Trail Blazers have typically gone under the projected point total (57.1 percent).
This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. In the first, the Trail Blazers lost 112-103, unable to cover as 3.5-point underdogs. Lillard scored a game-high 33 points and also put up 10 rebounds and eight assists. The game finished with a total of 215 points, which was 23.5 points above the projected point total of 191.5 points. The Jazz made 31 of their 36 free throws (86.1 percent) and had a better turnover percentage (11.7 vs. 13.9).
Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers Pick
Free Pick: SU Winner – Trail Blazers, ATS Winner – Trail Blazers, O/U – Over
Utah is 14-16 ATS on the road with 16 overs, 13 unders and 1 push.
At home, Portland is 11-12-3 ATS with 15 unders and 11 overs.
Utah is 16-4 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Portland is 17-5.
The Trail Blazers are 26-13 when they reach the century mark, while the Jazz are 22-11.
Utah ranks second in steals per game (9.0) while Portland ranks 27th (6.8).
The Jazz rank ninth in points off turnovers per game (17.1) while the Trail Blazers rank 28th (14.3).
Portland ranks fifth in rebounds per game (45.0) while Utah ranks 22nd (41.6).
The Trail Blazers rank 14th in second chance points per game (12.7) while the Jazz rank 27th (10.5).
Utah averages 4.8 blocks per game, which ranks 13th in the NBA. Portland ranks 19th in blocks allowed per game (5.0).
The Jazz rank 23rd in assists per game (21.5) while the Trail Blazers rank 29th (19.1).
Portland ranks fourth in points allowed in the paint per game (41.7) while Utah ranks eighth (42.4).
The Jazz rank 26th in fast break points per game (9.2) while the Trail Blazers rank last (6.9).
In their last five games, Utah is 4-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
Portland is 2-2-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over their last five games.
The Jazz’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 16.2, up from 1.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Trail Blazers have scored an average of 103.8 points per game (1.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 108.2 points per game (4.7 above their season average).
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