Utah Jazz vs Portland by Rahul

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Utah-Jazz
VS
Portland
The Portland Trail Blazers have made a great move to sign both Aaron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee to help their teams depth on the bench to add them along with Blake, Kaman and McCollom to make it a good rotational 5 that comes of the bench when they take on many opponents to give their starters rest. The Blazers come into this game on the back of 2 consecutive wins as well as some good performances from their 2 All-Star players of Aldridge and Lillard before the break.

 

The Blazers have amassed a great 36-17 record and look sure to break the 50 win mark this season and will look to continue their 4-5 win against their divisional rivals Utah Jazz in this game, who they already beat by 1 point earlier in the season. The return of Lopez to the starting lineup will give the Blazers the size advantage to compete again especially against a big Jazz lineup.

 

The Jazz have recently signed up Kendrick Perkins, who will most probably be bought out in order to give more time to Gobert and Favors up front as the starting front court for this young Jazz team. The Jazz have relied a lot on Hayward for scoring for most of the games, and tonight will be another such night again. The disadvantage that Hayward has tonight is having Batum guard him, and he has improved in his defensive ability to stop scorers like Hayward.

 

This will be a close game, and I expect the Blazers to just edge it due to their strong experience. I have taken a lower points spread due to the fact that most of their starters have to play a lot of minutes as Afflalo and Gee might not be ready to suit up tonight.

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Portland -3 Bet365 1.67 6 92-76 LOST (-6 units)
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