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Portland Trail Blazers vs Utah Jazz 4/8/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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As the Portland Trail Blazers hit the road for Vivint Smart Home Arena to meet the Utah Jazz in NBA action, a couple of playoff teams will also proceed in the Western Conference.  Surprisingly, the Utah Jazz is showing stellar performances game after game.  This season, the team nabbed a total of nine wins however, this hot streak was interrupted by a single defeat against the Dallas Mavericks.  Although, this loss did not greatly affect their overall standing, being credited with the best NBA record at 38-12.  The Portland Trail Blazers on the other hand dropped to 30-20 after suffering a loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on the road.  Portland currently sits at sixth place in the Western Conference.

Both of Utah’s offensive and defensive plays have proven strong this season.  They have an average of 116.9 ppg and rank third in the NBA in terms of offense.  The team’s ability to shoot in threes plays an immense contribution to this feat.  Utah’s three-point shooting average is recorded at 39.5%, making them the second-best in the NBA.  The mere problem with their strategy in making three-pointers, however, is that the shots are delivered from inside the arc at 46.8% from the floor.

Leading the offense is point guard/shooting guard Donovan Mitchell whose average points per game are at 25.4, with 39.6% coming from shooting threes.  He is also second in terms of assisting the team, making 5.4 assists per game.  A huge improvement was seen in the Jazz’s performance after adding Mike Conley to the team.  His points per game average to 16.6 and has had 5.5 assists, 42.1% of which were shot for threes.

  • Utah is at 9-1 SU in their past 10 matches

  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Utah’s last 5 matches

  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Utah’s previous 6 matches on the road

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Utah Jazz Predictions 4/8/2021

Portland is also a powerhouse when it comes to offensive plays.  The Trail Blazers’ average points per game are at 115.2, which ranks them 5th in scoring offense in the NBA.  Shooting from the floor at 44.6%, Portland sits on the 26th spot but is also capable of shooting threes from beyond the arc at 38.2%.  This earned them the 6th rank in the NBA.

Point guard Damian Lillard packs a potent scoring power backcourt with an average of 29.2 points per game while being able to shoot beyond the arc at 38%.  Apart from being a volume shooter, Lillard is also a key distributor delivering an average of 7.7 assists per game.  Meanwhile, point guard/shooting guard CJ McCollum has a record of 23.8 points per game with a 45.1% shooting average, one of the best scoring selections in the NBA.

On the other end of the spectrum, Portland’s weakness is their defense.  The Trail Blazers have been giving away points, with 48% of their opponents being able to make shots from the floor.  When compared to Utah’s defensive team, center Rudy Gobert stands as the dominant defender, allowing an average of 107.2 per game.  This earned the Jazz the 3rd spot in terms of scoring defense.  Furthermore, the Jazz’s opponents are held off at 44.7% from the field and at 34.4% from beyond the arc.

  • Portland is at 4-2 ATS in their past 6 matches

  • The total went OVER in 4 of Portland’s last 6 matches

Portland Trail Blazers vs Utah Jazz.  The NBA pick is the Utah Jazz at -7.  Utah is expected to claim another victory against a solid opponent in their home base.  The Jazz is off to test the Trail Blazers’ struggling defense this Thursday.  With Gobert holding the fort for the Jazz, the Trail Blazers are playing with a cross to bear.  Another player to watch out for is Mitchell as holds the potential to lead the Jazz to their next victory.  Final Score Prediction, Utah Jazz win and cover 124-112 ATS.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Utah Jazz 4/8/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NBA Starting Time: 10:00 PM EDT

Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021


NBA ODDS: Utah -7

NBA Totals: 231.5

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