Thursday, December 31, 2015
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The Portland Trail Blazers travel to EnergySolutions Arena to play the Utah Jazz on Thursday, December 31, 2015. The opening line for this game has Utah as 2.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 204.
The Trail Blazers come into this game with an overall record of 13-20 and a road record of 6-14. They are 3rd in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -0.9 as they are averaging 101.1 points per game while giving up 102 per contest. The Jazz have an overall record of 13-16 and a home record of 8-7. They currently are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 97.2 points per game and surrendering 97.4, good for a point differential of -0.2.
Damian Lillard comes into this contest averaging 24.6 points per game while playing 36.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Trail Blazers. He pulls down 4.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 88%. C.J. McCollum averages 20.4 points per game in 35.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.3 assists per contest and 3.7 rebounds per game for Portland. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Gordon Hayward averages 19 points per game while playing 35.2 minutes per contest this year for the Jazz. He grabs 5 rebounds per game and has 3.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Derrick Favors averages 16.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.6 rebounds per contest and 1.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage is 70%.
Portland averages 101.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.9 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 18th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 13th in the league. They average 54.8 rebounds per game and 20.8 assists per game which ranks them 5th and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 23rd with 15.5 per game. The Trail Blazers allow 102 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 19th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 14th and 13th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 51.4 rebounds a game which ranks 11th and they give up 20.6 assists per contest which puts them in 9th place in the league. They force 12.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 28th in the league.
Utah averages 97.2 points per game this year which ranks them 25th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -0.2 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 22nd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 8th in the NBA. They average 51.6 rebounds per game and 17.8 assists per contest which ranks them 21st and 30th respectively. In the turnover department the Jazz rank 16th with 14.9 per game. The Jazz allow 97.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 17th and 21st in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 48.1 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd and they give up 18.6 assists per contest which puts them in 1st place in the league. The Jazz force 15.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the NBA.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Trail Blazers are 17-16-0 against the spread
The Portland Trail Blazers are 17-15-1 against the over/under
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Utah Jazz are 15-13-1 against the spread
The Utah Jazz are 11-18-0 against the over/under
Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
12/29/15 PG Damian Lillard Foot missed last 4 games, "?" Wednesday vs. Denver
12/29/15 F Ed Davis Ankle is upgraded to probable Wednesday vs. Denver
Utah Jazz Injuries
12/29/15 F Derrick Favors Back missed last game, "?" Wednesday vs. Minnesota
12/27/15 PG Alec Burks Ankle out 6 weeks
12/02/15 C Rudy Gobert Knee out indefinitely
10/23/15 G Dante Exum Knee out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Utah
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