Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Prediction, Preview, Picks & Odds - 1/25/2023

by Chuck Sommers

Time: 10 p.m. ET
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR
Where to watch: ROOT-SP+, ATTSN-RM

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks


DraftKings: Blazers -4; POR -170, UTAH +145; O/U 237.5
FanDuel: Blazers -3.5; POR -166, UTAH +140; O/U 237.5
BetMGM: Blazers -3.5; POR -165, UTAH +140; O/U 237.5
Caesars: Blazers -4; POR -169, UTAH +143; O/U 237.5

Season record
Jazz: 25-25
Blazers: 22-25

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Jazz - Blazers preview, prediction and analysis


The Utah Jazz will be playing the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, January 25 in Portland, Oregon.

The Utah Jazz won against the Charlotte Hornets Monday, January 23 in Salt Lake City, Utah with a score of 120-102. The Utah Jazz currently rank 2nd in the Northwest Division. Lauri Markkanen had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the cold-shooting Charlotte Hornets 120-102 on Monday night.

“We saw at halftime they weren’t making their 3s, so our focus was just to protect the paint and take away what they wanted to do,” Markkanen said.

Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points and Mike Conley added 14 for the Jazz, who have won three of four.

Utah led by 10 after three quarters before going on an 18-4 run, punctuated by Walker Kessler’s dunk, to make it 107-83 with 6:07 to play.

The Jazz ran the Hornets off the 3-point line and conceded long 2-point jumpers and wild drives to the basket.

“Our team really executed on the defensive end. Our guys did a great job of switching and disrupting their offense,” Utah coach Will Hardy said.

Meanwhile, the Jazz used crisp passing to find open 3-point shooters and drives through the lane.

Eleven of Utah’s first 15 field goals were 3s, while the Hornets missed their first seven tries from long range. The Jazz led 58-45 at halftime despite having made three fewer field goals.

“My stuff comes off running into screens or off ball screens. Our team does a great job finding mismatches we like,” said Markkanen, who also grabbed 11 rebounds. “I don’t need to shoot it each time because if they double, I can find shooters for 3s.”

The Utah Jazz have won six of their last 10 games.

The Portland Trail Blazers won against the San Antonio Spurs Monday, January 23 in Portland, Oregon with a score of 147-127. The Portland Trail Blazers currently rank 5th in the Northwest Division. Damian Lillard had 37 points and 12 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the San Antonio Spurs 147-127 on Monday night to stop a three-game losing streak. Jusuf Nurkic added 25 points and 11 rebounds for the struggling Blazers, who had lost eight of their previous 10 games.

The high-scoring first half ended with the score knotted at 74. The Blazers started to pull away late in the third quarter, when Lillard hit a 3-pointer that gave them a 103-95 lead. Rookie Shaedon Sharpe added a 3 and then dunked to give the Blazers a 108-97 lead. Lillard made another 3 from just inside Portland's pinwheel logo at center court.

“We separated ourselves in that third quarter. We played the way we need to play for most of an NBA game, separated ourselves and then obviously finished the game. It was a great offensive game and a better defensive effort in the second half,” Lillard said. “Right now we can’t complain about how we get them. We won the game."

Portland led by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter to run away with the win.

“What we did tonight is really, really hard to do. In my experience, just being around, losing a game like we lost last night, it usually has a lasting impact on you,” Billups said. “And I’m really proud of my guys for being able to put it aside and just move on and just worry about the Spurs. It’s really, really hard to do. I’m really proud of my dudes for being able to have the mental fortitude to do so.”

The Portland Trail Blazers have won three of their last 10 games.

Prediction

Not really understanding why the Blazers are laying 4, but this seems like a good opportunity to take the underdog and get some value here. Utah may be inconsistent, but they're a fun inconsistent. Jazz 118, Blazers 113

Betting trends

Jazz are 20-6 ATS as an underdog this season.

Jazz are 14-4 ATS after an under this season.

Jazz are 64-44 ATS after a game they covered the last 3 seasons.

Blazers are 12-27 ATS when playing 8 games in 14 days the last 2 seasons.

Projected starting lineup

Jazz:
PG: Mike Conley
SG: Jordan Clarkson
SF: Malik Beasley
PF: Lauri Markkanen
C: Walker Kessler

Blazers:
PG: Damian Lillard
SG: Anfernee Simons
SF: Josh Hart
PF: Jerami Grant
C: Jusuf Nurkic

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Chuck Sommers

About the Author:

Chuck Sommers has camped outside of sportsbooks since he can remember, learning the tricks and nuances of the trade. He still has nightmares of betting $5,000 on the Raiders in the Tuck Rule game but has since turned that to 25 years of veteran handicapping greatness. You can find him mostly in the shadows at the Red Rock or Aliante casinos wondering if the over is cashing on any given Sunday.

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