In this high caliber All-Western showdown, two teams tied in the third place of the conference are facing each other, when the red-hot Utah Jazz (48-33), looking to extend their winning streak, are visiting the struggling Portland Trail Blazers (48-33), with the winner of this game clinching the third place of the conference.
Date/Time: 04-11-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5
Portland are 48-33 (44-32-5 ATS) so far in the league and are tied with Utah on the 3rd place of the Western Conference. They have lost their last four games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Denver on the road with an 82-88 score. Damian Lillard leads the team in scoring with 26.8 ppg, adding 4.5 boards and a team-best 6.5 dimes per game. CJ McCollum follows with 21.4 ppg, while Jusuf Nurkic adds 14.3 ppg and a team-best 9 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersUtah are 48-33 (43-38 ATS) so far in the league and are tied with Portland on the 3rd place of the Western Conference. They won their last six games in their latest matchup they were victorious against Golden State at home with a 119-79 score. Donovan Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 20.5 ppg, while Rudy Gobert follows with 13.5 ppg and a team-best 10.7 boards per game. Ricky Rubio adds 13 ppg, 4.6 boards and a team-best 5.3 dimes per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season, Utah have won twice including a 96-115 road victory. Portland have a 27-13 home record this season, while Utah are 20-20 on the road. Portland have a better offense with 105.7 ppg to Utah’s 104.3, while Utah have the second-best defense in the league, allowing 99.8 ppg to Portland’s 103.1. Utah have a better accuracy from the field (46.3% to 45.17%), while both teams have almost identical accuracy from behind the arc (36.6% to 36.59%). Portland grab more rebounds, with 45.5 to Utah’s 43.1, while Utah are better in assists made, with 22.5 to Portland’s league-low of 19.5. With both teams on opposite trajectories lately, expect the streaky Jazz to win the struggling Blazers on the road one way or another tonight and secure the third place of the West.
Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Utah Jazz +3.5 (-108)