Portland Blazers vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 5/12/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Utah Jazz
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+4)
The Portland Blazers (40-29) travel to Vivint Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Utah Jazz (50-19). Portland opens this matchup as 4-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 227.
The Portland Blazers took the court against the Houston Rockets and went home with a win by a final score of 140-129 in their last contest. Portland ended the game having earned a 51.1% field goal percentage (47 of 92) and made 18 out of their 40 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Blazers made 28 of 35 attempts for a rate of 80.0%. When talking about hauling in rebounds, they earned 47 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 30 assists for this game as well as forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and getting 7 steals. When it comes to defense, Portland let their opponent shoot 49.4% from the floor on 42 of 85 shooting. Houston recorded 30 dimes and had 5 steals for the matchup. Furthermore, Houston snagged 44 boards (7 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Houston finished shooting 96.4% from the free throw line by knocking down 27 of 28 tries. They made 18 out of their 38 attempts from 3-point range.
Damian Lillard is a player who was a major factor for the contest. He totaled 34 points on 11 of 20 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35:35 minutes played and pulled down 9 rebounds. Lillard shot 55.0% from the floor and earned 6 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this contest for the Blazers was CJ McCollum. He collected 3 rebounds in his 35:22 min on the court. He shot 47.1% from the floor in this contest via 8-of-17 (28 points). In all, McCollum totaled 7 assists.
Portland will enter this matchup with a record of 40-29 so far this year. The Blazers are connecting on 38.4% on three-point shots (1,086 of 2,831) and 82.4% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 116.0 points per game (5th in the NBA) while connecting on 45.1% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 11.1 times per contest and as a squad they commit 19.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Portland is snagging 44.7 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,467 dimes for the year, which is 29th in the league in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Blazers are forcing 12.5 turnovers every game and they draw 19.1 personal fouls. They give up 37.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 22nd in the NBA in PPG allowed (114.5). The Blazers are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 47.5% (863 of 1,315) and they surrender 45.5 boards per contest as a group. They are ranked 19th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,737 conceded for the campaign.
When they last stepped on the court, the Utah Jazz took a defeat with a final score of 119-116 when they faced the Golden State Warriors. The Jazz snagged 35 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 for the matchup. They turned it over 14 times, while recording 7 steals for the contest. The Warriors had 20 fouls for the game which took the Jazz to the charity stripe for 24 attempts. They were able to knock down 21 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 87.5%. When talking about shots from 3-point land, Utah made 13 out of 44 tries (29.5%). When the game finished, the Jazz finished 41 for 91 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.1%. The Jazz permitted the Warriors to bury 41 of 88 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.6% in this game. They shot 33.3% from distance by going 14 out of 42 and ended up shooting 23 out of 25 from the charity stripe (92.0%). In reference to cleaning the glass, Utah allowed Golden State to get 41 overall (9 on the offensive glass).
Bojan Bogdanovic ended up being important for the Jazz in this game. He converted 9 of 21 for this contest giving him a rate of 42.9%, and added 6 rebounds. Bogdanovic totaled 27 points in his 33:46 mins on the court and accounted for 2 assists in this matchup. An additional guy that was pivotal for Utah was Royce O'Neale. He accumulated 2 assists in his 32:43 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 4 of 9 from the floor. O'Neale wrapped this one up going 44.4% from the floor and also collecting 10 points and 5 total rebounds.
Utah has a record of 50-19 for the year. Utah has tallied 8,054 points on the year (116.7 per game) and they grab 48.1 rebounds per game. The Jazz are committing 18.6 fouls per contest and they go 79.9% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Jazz are connecting on 47.0% from the field, which has them ranked 14th in basketball. They are getting an assist 23.7 times per game (22nd in basketball) and they are turning it over 14.3 times per contest. The Jazz are ranked 3rd in the NBA in points allowed per game with 107.5. They have forced 11.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.7% from the floor (2nd in the league). The Utah defense concedes 34.1% on shots from behind the 3-point line (755 of 2,212) and opponents are making 76.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 22.5 assists and 42.7 boards per contest, which has them ranked 2nd and 8th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Portland (+4)
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