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Portland Trailblazers vs. Utah Jazz
Where and when: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah, Monday, 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Two teams that have had extended success lately will meet up at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Utah on Monday night at 9 p.m. eastern time as the Portland Trail Blazers will take on the Utah Jazz as the Blazers are looking for a victory in which to increase their positioning within the Northwest division standings within the Western Conference.
The Utah Jazz are coming off their sixth straight win as they picked up an easy victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in their last outing as they dominated in just about every category as Donovan Mitchell led the team with 24 points while Rudy Gobert also chipped in 19 points for a Jazz team that possessed five double-digit scores, in all.
On the other hand, the Portland Trail Blazers also won their second straight game by picking up the victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at home as Damian Lillard led Portland, once again, in the scoring department while ending with 22 points while also pulling down eight rebounds in the victory as the Blazers were outshot by the Pelicans in this contest, however, was able to connect on 11 3-pointers compared to just eight for New Orleans, which ultimately tipped the scales in favor of the home team.
In all, the under has been the play in the last four meetings amongst these two teams while the Trailblazers are just 1-5 against the spread in the last six meetings at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Jazz dominate in win versus Cavaliers
Despite committing 19 turnovers in the contest, Utah was able to pull out a victory versus a lowly Cleveland Cavaliers team at home in their last time out, as stated, as they were able to dominate in just about every category. Defensively, the Cavaliers shot just 41% from the floor as Ante Zizic along with Collin Sexton led the team with 15 points each as Tristan Thompson did not suit up due to an illness.
Nonetheless, the Cavaliers certainly could have used his offensive production as they simply did not have any type of flow on this end throughout the duration of the contest. Utah, on the other hand, was able to gt huge outings from Mitchell along with Gobert as they led an offensive attack that has certainly increased their offensive output, recently, in averaging just under 109 points per game on 46% shooting.
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Mitchell has been on a tear lately as he has scored at least 24 points in each of his last eight outings while, at one point, eclipsing the 30-point mark in 3 consecutive games during the Jazz’s 6 game winning streak. On the other hand, Rudy Gobert has also been an essential part of the offense lately as he has recorded a double-double in each of his last eight starts for Utah.
Look for the Jazz, winners of five straight home games, to dispose of a Portland Trail Blazers team that has indeed picked up some wins lately in which to increase their confidence, however, continue to be losers of two straight road games as they have allowed opponents to score at least 115 points in each outing.
Blazers sneak out a victory over Pelicans at home
In their last outing versus the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland put up a total of 103 shots for the game while making 46% of these. Also, as stated, their ability to shoot the 3 point shot was certainly essential in getting the much-needed victory as they connected on 11 for the night compared to just eight for New Orleans in the contest.
Nonetheless, Portland had Damian Lillard in the lineup, which led the team, once again, in scoring with 22 points while CJ McCollum was not close behind as he had an efficient night from the perimeter in ending with 20 points while pulling down six rebounds. Also, New Orleans ended the game shooting a tad under 49% from the floor as Anthony Davis lead the team with 27 points along with pulling down seven rebounds by Jrue Holiday ended with 20 points to leave the Pelicans in defeat. And while the Blazers were certainly able to pull out a much-needed victory in this contest, they were certainly not satisfied with their overall defensive output in this contest as the Pelicans seem to be on fire throughout much of the game.
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”We’ve got to do better defensively,” Gentry said. ”Every night it’s 130, 140, 147, we’re not going to win games until we’re able to guard somebody. We’ve got to be able to defend and we’re not doing it.”Nonetheless, the Blazers were able to knuckle down at pivotal points late in the game in which to pull out a close victory. I look forward them putting in a much better defensive effort versus the Utah Jazz on Monday night; However, in what will be game 1 of a back-to-back for the Trailblazers, they will face 2nd place team in the Northwest division, the Oklahoma City Thunder, in their second game.
- Utah Jazz are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games
- Under is 4-0 in Jazz last 4 vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Under is 10-2 in Jazz last 12 home games.
- Over is 3-0-1 in Trail Blazers last 4 games following a straight up win
- Under is 4-0 in Trail Blazers last 4 vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Trail Blazers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will back the Jazz in this contest as I happen to believe that they will have just enough defensive stops versus a Portland Trail Blazers offense that, coincidentally enough, happens to be on the fire at this point, in which to pick up a much-needed victory. Of course, this will not be easy as the Blazers are averaging 125 points during their current two-game winning streak. Nonetheless, as stated, the Jazz have allowed their opponents to eclipse the 100-point mark in just one of their last three games, overall, in addition to having played solid all year on the defensive end. With that being the case, look for the Jazz to hit some critical baskets down the stretch while also neutralizing the Blazers offense, which essentially means Lillard, at pivotal points within the game in which to pull out a slim victory in the end.
Prediction: Pick: Utah Jazz -205
Full-Game Total Pick
The under has been the play in four of the last five home games for the Utah Jazz while being the result in two of the last three road games for the Portland Trail Blazers. With that being the case, I look for both defenses to take center stage in this matchup as both offenses will find it very difficult in which to obtain quality and consistent looks at the basket throughout the contest. With that being the case, look for the under to be the strong play in this instance amongst two teams that will be fighting tooth-and-nail for a win in which to increase their positioning within the division.
Prediction: Pick: Under 217.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Portland Trail Blazers have had four of their last six games at the Moda Center to where they averaged 127 points per game. Nonetheless, during a two-game road trip sandwiched in between these home games, there was a noticeable drop-off in overall offensive production as the Blazers averaged just 110 points, as both outings resulted in losses. On the other hand, the Utah Jazz has allowed their opponent to post less than 100 points in four of their last six home games, overall. With that being said, look for Portland to struggle in this contest versus a Utah team that continues to play solid on the defensive end as the Jazz will pull away late for a huge home win to where they will indeed cover the points.
Prediction: Pick: Utah Jazz -5
Half-Time Side Pick
The Jazz will certainly rely on their defense in this contest versus a red-hot Portland team as they will chase Lillard throughout the duration of the duration of the first half in which to limit quality looks at the basket. In other words, Lillard may indeed put up some big numbers in this contest; However, he will definitely find it difficult in which to put the ball in the basket early on versus a stout Jazz defense. In all, the Jazz will certainly benefit from their ability to hunker down on the defensive end in the first half of this matchup as it will allow them to get out in transition to stretch the Portland Trail Blazers defense constantly. Expect the home team to cover at the half in this instance.
Prediction: Pick: Utah Jazz -2.5
Half-Time Total Bet
I will back the under as being the strong play at the half in this contest versus the Jazz and the Blazers primarily due to the way the Jazz have stifled their opponents recently. Again, the home team will certainly make it difficult for a Lillard to get off in tonight’s contest as they will chase him constantly. Of course, since Lillard happens to be Portland’s only source of consistent offense, in my opinion, look for the under to be the play in this contest. Note that Portland’s defense has played with a bit more fire lately, as they will be heavily relied upon in which to keep this game competitive. In all, look for the under to be the result at the break.
Prediction: Pick: Under 100
Half-Time Prop Prediction
Again, look for the Utah Jazz to control the pace of the game throughout the first half of this contest versus the Blazers. And while this game will certainly remain tight at the conclusion of two quarters, one should look for the Jazz to carry a small lead into halftime due to the strength of their defense, which will certainly limit offensive opportunities for Portland throughout.
Prediction: Pick: Utah Jazz -175