NBA Matchup Insight
The Portland TrailBlazers are now out of the playoff picture and they may give younger players minutes and this is especially the case since LaMarcus Aldridge and Raymond Felton are out due to injuries. The Jazz have 4 games left to this season and they trail Houston and Phoenix for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Utah Jazz (32-30) at Portland Blazers (28-34)
When: 10 PM ET, Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Jazz vs. Blazers Betting Lines from Bovada
Spread: Jazz -4
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*
The Jazz are coming off a HUGE triple OT win over the Mavericks in their last game and they have beaten the Blazers in both match ups this season.
The Jazz frontcourt has to be the main worry for the Blazers in the game facing the duo of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap.
Jefferson leads the Jazz in scoring and rebounding and is coming off a 28-point and 26 rebound game and Millsap is averaging 16.6 ppg and 8.7 rpg. J.J. Hickson has to play good D in the paint, as Portland is shorthanded in the frontcourt with Aldridge out.
The Jazz committed 21 turnovers in the win over the Mavs and if they can make sure that does not happen again there is a good chance they will win their 3rd straight game this season over the Blazers.
Luke Babbitt and rookie Nolan Smith combined to score 32 points in the last Blazers’ loss and these guys will get more minutes tonight and will have to have another good game.
Portland has solid guard play and with their lack of big men they have to score from the outside and if the Jazz play solid perimeter D they will win this game.
Portland’s defense has given up an average of 103.9 ppg in the month of April and in their last game they gave up 125 points and allowed the Phoenix Suns to shoot 60% from the floor.
Jazz vs. Blazers Handicapping Preview
This season the Jazz are 31-30-1 ATS with an O/U record of 30-30-2 and the Blazers are 30-31-1 ATS with an O/U record of 33-29.
The Jazz are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, and they have an Over record of 7-3 in their last 10 games as a road favorite.
The Blazers are 10-21 ATS in their last 31 games as an underdog, 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5, and they have an Over record of 9-4 in their last 13 games.
Pick: The Jazz are only 10-22 on the road this season, but in desperation mode they will play well facing a Blazers’ team that has their big gun out.
Take the Jazz to win and cover.
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