Trail Blazers vs Jazz Prediction - NBA Picks 3/22/23

Utah Jazz (35-36) vs Portland Trail Blazers (31-40)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Vivint Arena)

Betting Odds: Utah Jazz -4 -- Over/Under: 233.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Vivint Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 114.2 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 116.1 points on 48.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 32.2 points and 4.7 rebounds, while Anfernee Simons is averaging 21.1 points and 2.6 rebounds. Jerami Grant is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 9.2 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game.

The Utah Jazz are averaging 117.4 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 117.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 25.4 points and 8.6 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 20.8 points and 4 rebounds. Collin Sexton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Olynyk is dishing 3.4 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game.

The Trail Blazers are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Jazz are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Trail Blazers last 5 overall. The over is 7-0-1 in Jazz last 8 overall. The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

This line has shifted a ton into the Jazz direction, and probably for good reason. The Portland Trail Blazers are dealing with a ton of injuries, and they're losing their last 5 games by an average of 12.6 points. The Trail Blazers are free-falling in the wrong direction at the worst possible time, and they're pretty much done in terms of playoff hopes. The Jazz need to keep winning if they're going to lock up a spot in the play-in tournament. I'll lay the chalk with the Jazz at home.

Randy’s Pick Utah Jazz -4

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