Utah Jazz (4-9) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (3-11)
Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers 11/22/23 – In the realm of pro handicapping experts, the upcoming game between the Utah Jazz and the Portland Trail Blazers is drawing significant attention. Scheduled for Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, this match-up showcases two teams striving to improve their standings, with the Jazz at 4-9 and the Trail Blazers at a slightly more concerning 3-11. The game, set to air at 10:00 PM ET on ROOT Sports NW+, is shaping up to be a critical juncture for both teams in their regular season campaigns.
Utah Jazz have shown flashes of brilliance despite their less-than-ideal record. Their offense has been especially impressive, scoring an average of 116.8 points per game while posting an impressive field goal percentage of 46% and scoring 14.1 three-point field goals per game with an excellent 37% success rate. Unfortunately, defensive weaknesses allow opponents to capitalize and cause turnovers at 16.7 per game and 21.2 fouls per game averages which need addressing by management.
Portland Trail Blazers have struggled to find their rhythm this season, averaging 102.9 points per game on offense and 30.5% shooting efficiency across field goals, three-pointers, free throws and blocks; these statistics point towards improvement for their shooting efficiency; however their defensive efficiency shows promise with 8.6 steals and 5.1 blocks per game on defense, offering hope of compensating for their offensive deficiencies.
Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers 11/22/23 Game Info
|Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 10:00 PM ET
|Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
|ROOT Sports NW+
|NBA League Pass
Lauri Markkanen (PF) vs. Jerami Grant (SF)
Lauri Markkanen, Utah Jazz power forward, has enjoyed an outstanding season. Appearing in all 13 games so far and averaging 24.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game on average he stands out as an effective threat on both ends of the court; yet his 1.4 turnovers per game and modest assist count point towards potential improvements that need to be made; particularly regarding ball handling and playmaking skills.
Contrast Jerami Grant of the Trail Blazers with Markkanen who averages 22 points per game while also consistently appearing. While his scoring may be impressive, his rebounding and assists do lag behind those of Markkanen; his defensive contributions – with an average of 0.6 steals and 0.8 blocks per game – add an invaluable dimension to Blazers strategy.
Markkanen and Grant will play an instrumental role in the outcome of this game, as Markkanen’s scoring and rebounding prowess could challenge Grant’s defensive capabilities, while Grant’s agility and defensive skills may pose problems for Markkanen when it comes to stopping his offensive runs. Their duel could determine its conclusion significantly.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: Utah Jazz -164, Total Odds: 222.5
The current betting odds favor the Utah Jazz, with a -4.5 spread and a -164 moneyline, reflecting their stronger overall performance. The total over/under is set at 222.5, suggesting expectations of a high-scoring game, aligning with the Jazz’s offensive tendencies.
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
Recent Jazz form, going 2-3 in their last five games but 4-1 against the spread, indicates they tend to outperform expectations. Road games versus spread record (2-4) highlights some potential vulnerabilities away from home, yet totals often going over in most recent games is testament to their offensive strength.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
The Trail Blazers have underperformed over their last five games and against the spread; going 0-5 over this span. Their road games against the spread fare slightly better (4-3) but remain unpredictable as reflected by totals that frequently fluctuate from game-to-game.
Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers 11/22/23 Betting Picks
Based on analysis and trends, our final thoughts lean towards a Jazz victory. Their offensive capabilities combined with Portland Trail Blazers’ current form give them the upper hand. But their defensive strength may make for an interesting contest than odds suggest. As an excellent way to gain free basketball insight, keep a close eye on the point spread and over/under, which could change depending on in-game dynamics.
Free Pick & Prediction: Utah Jazz 115, Portland Trail Blazers 108