Blazers vs. Jazz Picks & Predictions 12/3/22

by | Dec 3, 2022 | nba

Portland Trail Blazers (11-11 SU, 13-9-0 ATS) vs. Utah Jazz (14-11 SU, 14-9-2 ATS)

When: Saturday, December 3rd, 9:00 PM (ET)

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

TV: SN-RM

Point Spread: POR +4/ UTA -4 (Bet your hoops picks at -105 instead of -110 by making the switch to BetAnySports Sportsbook! Saving money is GOOD!)

Total: 226.5

Money Line: Portland Trail Blazers +147/ -180

Notable Injuries

Trail Blazers

  • Damian Lillard (Out) Calf
  • Gary Payton II (Out) Abdomen
  • Josh Hart (Doubtful) Ankle
  • Drew Eubanks (Questionable) Hip
  • Nassir Little (Out) Hip
  • Keon Johnson (Out) Hip

Jazz

  • Mike Conley (Out) Knee
  • Rudy Gay (Out) Finger
  • Johnny Juzang (Out) Wrist

Recent Form

Heading into the game, Portland is 11-11 overall. When taking to the road, Portland has a mark of 7-6 and a win percentage of 54.0%. Currently, the team is 10th in the Western Conference. So far, they are 13-9-0 vs. the spread. Portland travels to take on the Jazz, hoping to avoid their 4th straight loss.

Most recently, Portland lost to the Lakers by a score of 128-109. Jerami Grant and his 27 was not enough for the team to pull out a win as 6-point underdogs. The Trail Blazers also finished with an ATS loss in the game.

Heading into the game, Utah is 14-11 overall. When playing at home, Utah has a mark of 8-3 and a win percentage of 73%. Currently, the team is 6th in the Western Conference. So far, they are 14-9-2 vs. the spread. Utah will look to stay hot in today’s game vs. Portland as they are the winners of 2 straight games.

In their last game, Utah defeated Pacers (139-119) as 4-point favorites. Lauri Markkanen led the team with 24 on 53.3% shooting. The Jazz also covered the spread with the victory.

The Historicals

In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Jazz picked up the win 118-113 win over the Trail Blazers. Heading into the game, Utah was the 4.0-point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. The Jazz have had the better record vs. the spread over the last five games, going 5-0. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 22 points per game. In these contests, they averaged a combined 218 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.

Analysis

This season, Portland is averaging just 109.8 points per game, which places them 25th in the league. A major reason for these low numbers is the fact that they play at one of the slower paces in the NBA at just 96.7 possessions per game. Portland has struggled with their 3-point shot this season, as they are currently ranked just 4th in 3-point shooting percentage at 38.0%. In addition, they are near the bottom of the league in attempts, at just 31.5 attempts per contest. The defense has been a struggle for Portland, as they are currently just 115.11 in points per game allowed. The team’s 3-point shooting defense has been a problem this year. So far, opposing offenses have hit 36.95% of their looks from outside.

Anfernee Simons comes into the game as the Blazers’ scoring leader at 24 points per game. So far, he has added 3.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists. Jerami Grant is currently second at 22.2 points per contest.

This season, Utah is among the league leaders in scoring, averaging 117.9 points per game. So far, the Jazz are also one of the more up-tempo teams in the league, sitting at 100.5 possessions per game. Utah’s offensive attack has benefited from some hot shooting from outside. Not only are they among the league leaders in 3-pointers attempted per game, but they are 7th in 3-point shooting percentage at 37.4%. Defensively, the Jazz have been one of the best units in the NBA, allowing just 107.57 points per game. So far, they have allowed a 3-point shooting percentage of 35.09%, placing them 15th in the NBA.

Heading into the game, Lauri Markkanen is the leading scorer for the Jazz at 22.3 points oper game. Jordan Clarkson is currently the second-leading scorer at 19.5 points per game.

Betting Trends

  • Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points.
  • Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Jazz are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following a straight-up win.
  • Jazz are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win.

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