through 3 quarters
There’s only a quarter more left between the Utah Jazz and the victory they were meant to achieve before tonight. Three quarters and their attack really knew how to impose its will, dominating the Portland Trail Blazers 96-82.
Utah relied on center Hassan Whiteside, who has 15 points with nine rebounds, and small forward Rudy Gay, who has 17 points in addition to four rebounds. One thing to watch out for is Joe Ingles’ bad situation as he is currently seated at four.
Portland’s top scorers were point guard Damian Lillard (27 points) and small forward Norman Powell (25 points). Norman Powell also committed four faults.
the Trail Blazers have wasted 86% of their time when they were down heading into Q4 this season, so this one looks pretty much over
Utah @ Portland
Current records: Utah 24-9; Portland 13-20
What there is to know
The Utah Jazz road trip will continue as they travel to the Moda Center in the Rose Quarter at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday to take on the Portland Trail Blazers. Jazz will strut after a win while Portland stumble after a loss.
Utah didn’t have too much leeway in their game against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, but they came away with a 110-104 victory nonetheless. Utah center Rudy Gobert did his thing and dropped a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds as well as three blocks.
Meanwhile, it looks like Rip City must have been on the Santa Claus Villains roster since the team failed to secure the victory they were due for Monday. The game between Portland and the Dallas Mavericks was not particularly close, Portland falling 132-117. Rip City were down 106-84 at the end of the third quarter which was just too hard to recover. Despite the loss, they got a solid performance from small forward Nassir Little, who completed a 20-point double-double and ten boards in addition to three blocks.
The Jazz are the favorites in this one, with an expected margin of victory of 7.5 points. They’ve failed bettors playing the spread in their last six games, so buyers are wary.
Utah’s victory took them to 24-9 while Rip City’s loss brought them down to 13-20. A pair of stats to watch: Utah ranks first in the league when it comes to field goal percentage, at 47.70% on the season. Less enviable, Portland has allowed opponents to shoot from 47.40 percent from the ground on average, which is the second highest allowed shooting percentage in the league. So the cards are definitely stacked against Rip City.
How to watch
- When: Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET
- Or: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter – Portland, Oregon
- TV: ATTSN Rocky Mountain
- Online broadcast: fuboTV (Try free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- To follow: CBS Sports app
- Cost of the ticket: $ 32.67
The Jazz are a 7.5 point favorite against the Trail Blazers, according to the latest NBA odds.
The line has drifted a bit towards the Jazz, as the game opened with the Jazz as the favorite at 6 points.
Over / Under: -108
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History of the series
Utah have won 12 of their last 23 games against Portland.
- November 29, 2021 – Utah 129 vs. Portland 107
- May 12, 2021 – Portland 105 v Utah 98
- April 08, 2021 – Utah 122 vs. Portland 103
- December 23, 2020 – Utah 120 vs. Portland 100
- February 07, 2020 – Utah 117 vs. Portland 114
- February 01, 2020 – Portland 124 v Utah 107
- December 26, 2019 – Utah 121 vs. Portland 115
- January 30, 2019 – Portland 132 v Utah 105
- January 21, 2019 – Portland 109 v Utah 104
- December 25, 2018 – Utah 117 v Portland 96
- December 21, 2018 – Utah 120 vs. Portland 90
- April 11, 2018 – Portland 102 v Utah 93
- February 23, 2018 – Portland 100 vs. Utah 81
- February 11, 2018 – Utah 115 v Portland 96
- November 01, 2017 – Utah 112 vs. Portland 103
- April 08, 2017 – Portland 101 vs. Utah 86
- April 04, 2017 – Utah 106 vs. Portland 87
- February 15, 2017 – Utah 111 v Portland 88
- October 25, 2016 – Portland 113 v Utah 104
- February 21, 2016 – Portland 115 v Utah 111
- January 13, 2016 – Portland 99 v Utah 85
- December 31, 2015 – Utah 109 v Portland 96
- November 04, 2015 – Portland 108 v Utah 92
Portland injury report
- CJ McCollum: outside (chest)
- Ben McLemore: absent (Covid-19)
- Robert Covington: absent (Covid-19)
- Trendon Watford: absent (Covid-19)
- Keljin Blevins: absent (Covid-19)
- Dennis Smith Jr.: absent (Covid-19)
- Cody Zeller: Released (Covid-19)
- Jusuf Nurkic: absent (Covid-19)
Utah injury report
- Eric Paschall: Out (Staff)
- Donovan Mitchell: absent (return)
- Udoka Azubuike: Out (ankle)