NBA Matchup Insight
The Portland TrailBlazers season is finally coming to an end and it cannot come too soon since they have sputtered after the All Star break, lost their best player for the year, and they have dropped 6 in a row.
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Portland Blazers (28-37) at Utah Jazz (35-30)
When: 8 PM ET, Thursday, April 26, 2012
Where: EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Broadcast: ROOT SPORTS
Blazers vs. Jazz Betting Lines from Bovada
Spread: Jazz -5.5
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*
The Blazers are only 8-24 on the road this season and they have lost 17 of their last 21 games facing the Jazz in Utah.
The Blazers have a very thin frontcourt and that is the big concern in this game facing the Jazz studs of C Al Jefferson and PF Paul Millsap. If the Blazers cannot keep these 2 from dominating the paint both scoring and on the boards they are in for a long game.
Wesley Mathews has played well in the last few games and is averaging 28 ppg in his last 2 games against the Jazz. He, J.J. Hickson, and Jamal Crawford will need help on offense from some of the young guys that are getting PT for Portland since they are out of the playoff picture.
The Jazz are in the playoffs and will face the Spurs in the first round, so they may rest some key players tonight and the Blazers will be happy to see that.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Utah Jazz Betting Lines & Handicapping
The Jazz will look to sweep the season series with a win over the Blazers tonight. When these 2 teams met last on April 18th the Jazz laid a 112-91 beat-down on the Blazers.
Portland’s defense has been playing terrible and in 4 of their 5 games has given up more than 100 points and in 2 of those games gave up at least 124 points. That does not bode well for them since the Utah offense is playing well and has averaged 110 ppg in their last 5 games.
The Jazz are riding a 4-game winning streak.
Blazers vs. Jazz Handicapping Preview
This season the Blazers are 31-33-1 ATS with an O/U record of 35-30 and the Jazz are 34-30-1 ATS with an O/U record of 32-31-2.
The Blazers are 7-18 ATS in their last 25 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and they have an Over record of 7-2 in their last 9 road games.
The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, and they have an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
Pick: Going to be an optimist here and take the Blazers to cover since the Jazz will rest some key players tonight.
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