Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers - 12/29/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers - 12/29/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers (13-20) vs Utah Jazz (24-9)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)

Betting Odds: Portland Trail Blazers +6 -- Over/Under: 230 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Moda Center. The Utah Jazz look for a win after winning 12 of their last 14 games. The Portland Trail Blazers need a win after losing nine of their last 11 games.

The Utah Jazz are averaging 115.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 25.4 points and 5 assists, while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 17.5 points and 3.6 rebounds. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Clarkson is dishing 2.4 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.6 rebounds per game.

The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 108.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 23.9 points and 4.1 rebounds, while CJ McCollum is averaging 20.6 points and 4.5 assists. Norman Powell is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 9.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game.

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The Jazz are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The over is 13-5-1 in Jazz last 19 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Trail Blazers last 5 home games. The Jazz are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Portland.

The Utah Jazz aren't covering numbers, but they continue to win and play well, so eventually you'd expect them to start cashing tickets. The Portland Trail Blazers are losing their last five games by an average of five points, they're struggling defensively, and they're still without a lot of key rotation players. Right now, it's pretty much Damian Lillard or bust for Portland, and he's been dealing with personal issues. I have no choice but to side with the Jazz, as getting in bed with the Trail Blazers isn't an option right now.

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Randy’s Pick Utah Jazz -6

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