Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 10/16/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Portland Trail Blazers (1-2) vs. Utah Jazz (1-3)
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 9:00 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -3.5 -- Over/Under: 219.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz meet Wednesday in NBA preseason action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Portland Trail Blazers could use a victory here to rebound from a 1-2 preseason record. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 105.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 102.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 17 points and three rebounds while Anfernee Simons is averaging 15 points and 3.3 rebounds. Zach Collins is the third double-digit scorer and Damian Lillard is dishing three assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.3 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won four of their last seven preseason games.
The Utah Jazz look for a victory in hopes of snapping a three-game losing streak. The Utah Jazz are averaging 118.5 points on 50 percent shooting and allowing 117.5 points on 48.1 percent shooting. Rudy Gobert is averaging 16 points and 4.5 rebounds while Donovan Mitchell is averaging 15.3 points and 3.7 assists. Jeff Green is the third double-digit scorer and Tony Bradley is grabbing seven rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won 11 of their last 14 preseason games.
The Trail Blazers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games and 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The under is 4-1 in Jazz last 5 overall. The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Utah. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Utah and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Utah Jazz went from winning 11 straight preseason games to losing three straight, and a lot of it has to do with not putting much effort into their defense. The Portland Trail Blazers are another team that's not playing to their potential and are capable of shooting much better from the outside. These are two contenders who are probably tired of meaningless play and waiting for the season to begin. Give me the free bucket.
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Randy’s Pick Portland Trail Blazers +3.5
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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