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The (32-26) Portland Trailblazers of the Western Conference Northwest division are in the “BEEHIVE STATE” for a divisional matchup.
Portland takes on the (30-28) Utah Jazz also of the Western Conference Northwest. Tip-off is 9:05 PM EST. The game is on Friday, February 23, 2018.
The teams will play at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in scenic Salt Lake City, Utah. The Local Television network will broadcast the game.
The Portland Trailblazer franchise is one of the most consistent in the NBA landscape but when will they become true playoff competitors in the Western Conference?
Utah is playing much better than experts thought after the defection of Gordon Hayward to Baston is the offseason.
Rookie Donovan Mitchell is turning heads around the league and won the “SLAM DUNK” contest at All-Star weekend.
The Opening Betting line has the Portland Trailblazers as a four-point road underdog against the spread. The Betting Odds Total is 206 and a half points for Friday’s contest.
The 2018 Portland Trailblazer’s are forth in the tight Northwest division, two and a half games behind first-place Minnesota.
Portland has lost both games to Utah this season both straight up and against the point spread.
Head Coach Terry Stotts is in his sixth season on the bench in “RIP CITY” and is doing an adequate job. However, the franchise understands point guard Damian Lillard wants a chance to win an NBA title. The Oakland, California native is the team’s best player and leading scorer.
Backcourt mate C.J. McCollum is second with a little over twenty-one points per game. The dynamic duo is one of the best young tandems of guards in the league.
Offensively the Trailblazers are a middle of the pack team, and they could be more aggressive on defense which Stotts preaches daily.
Portland has lost both games to Utah this season and needs a dominating performance again from Lillard and McCollum to get a victory.
Bovada.Lv lists the 2017-18 Portland Trailblazer’s at +1,800 to win the Northwest Division Title.
The Utah Jazz is last in the Northwest, just four and a half games out of first place. Utah has a losing record against division opponents.
However, they could be playing in the most competitive divisions in the NBA. Minnesota, Oklahoma City, and Denver are in the top three slots.
Utah is one of the hottest teams in the “ASSOCIATION” with a ten game winning streak and are 7-3 ATS in the span.
Head Coach Quin Snyder and Executive Dennis Lindsey should be in consideration for coach and general manager of the year.
As usual, the Utah Jazz is at the top of the league in points allowed by the opposition per game; they rank fourth.
Rookie Guard Donovan Mitchell is the team’s best player. Power Forward Derrick Favors is still in a Jazz uniform after many experts thought he would get traded before the deadline.
The key to a Jazz win is to perform well at what they do best, and that plays tight defense.
Bovada.Lv has the Utah Jazz at 8,000 to win 2017-18 Western Conference Championship.
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