NBA Betting: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz Pick
Portland Trail Blazers
(45-33, 40-35-3 ATS)
(37-41, 32-44-2 ATS)
Northwest Division foes lock horns in the Beehive State to wrap up NBA betting action on Thursday night, as the Utah Jazz welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to Energy Solutions Arena.
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It’s truly amazing to think about the way that the Blazers have just stormed into the second season this year. Yes there is still a lot to be settled as to whether or not they will be the No. 6, 7, or 8 in the playoffs, but we know that they are going to have a heck of a fight on their hands one way or the other. Marcus Camby has a neck injury and is once again on the shelf, which will put even more pressure (again) on LaMarcus Aldridge. We know that Aldridge won’t be the league’s MVP this year, but we tend to believe that he should be up for the honor. After all, he is averaging 21.9 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.2 BPG, and 1.0 SPG, and he is doing all of this on a team that just has not been able to truly stay healthy all season long. Remember that Camby has already missed 20 games, Brandon Roy hasn’t started a game in months and hasn’t truly been healthy all season long, and Greg Oden never suited up. Gerald Wallace has been a great addition, though. He’s been good for 15.1 PPG and 7.5 RPG since coming over via trade from the Charlotte Bobcats.
Utah had its signature win in an otherwise dismal season earlier this week when it knocked off the defending champs, the Los Angeles Lakers. The only thing that it can do here down the stretch is playing the role of spoiler for teams that are jockeying for position in the playoffs, as these last five games, starting with that win against LA, are all against teams that are going to be in the playoffs this year in the Western Conference. Up and down this roster, you can just point out men that underachieved all season long. Al Jefferson has decent stats at 18.8 PPG and 9.7 RPG, but his numbers really aren’t what we were expecting when Utah picked him up in the offseason to join this huge front line. Paul Millsap has probably given everything that he has at 17.4 PPG and 7.7 RPG, but men like Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur have just been nowhere to be found. CJ Miles has had a nice little season, averaging 13.0 PPG, but he is nothing more than a swingman that probably shouldn’t be starting in this league. Devin Harris has averaged 14.6 PPG and 5.2 APG, but let’s face the facts here… He’s no Deron Williams.
Utah got its win. Portland is still working on its ‘W’s. Don’t be shocked if the Jazz return to form on Thursday night and get absolutely blown to bits by a game bunch of Blazers.
NBA Free Pick: Portland Trail Blazers
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