The NBA action is giving us this divisional rivalry game on Wednesday, January 25, so make sure you check out the best Jazz vs. Blazers betting pick and odds.
Utah will take a break from an extended homestay with one road game when they visit Portland at Moda Center. The Blazers are -3.5 favorites on MyBookie Sportsbook, while the total is set at 237 points. These Northwest Division foes have met twice this year and the series is currently tied at 1-1.
Jazz didn’t have problems with the Hornets at home
The Utah Jazz (25-25, 28-22-0 ATS) won five of the previous seven games and after losing to the Brooklyn Nets at home, they bounced back with a 120-102 victory in Salt Lake City. It was one of the Jazz’s best defensive displays this season as they limited the visitors to 44.7% from the field and kept the Hornets to miserable two three-pointers on 16 attempts (12.5%), making 16 triples on the other end. Utah will take a little break from a homestay; the Jazz spent the last three at home and after this duel in Portland, will return for another five games at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Lauri Markkanen led the Jazz with a double-double of 25 points and game-high 11 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points, Mike Conley added 14, Walker Kessler contributed 13 points and nine boards, and Collin Sexton scored 11 points.
C Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is out indefinitely and will not play against Portland on Wednesday.
Trail Blazers destroyed the Spurs in Portland
The Portland Trail Blazers (22-25, 25-22-0 ATS) managed to avoid the fourth consecutive defeat with a blowout 147-127 home win over the San Antonio Spurs. The Blazers scored a season-high 147 points, including 40+ points in the first and third quarters. Portland was great from the floor, shooting 59.8%, while the hosts hit 20 triples opposite San Antonio’s 13. The Blazers are currently on a six-game home stand, and after this game against Utah, they will meet the Raptors and Hawks.
Damian Lillard led Portland to this massive win with a double-double of 37 points and game-high 12 assists. Anfernee Simons scored 26 points, Jusuf Nurkic posted a double-double of 27 points and game-high 11 rebounds along with seven dimes and game-high three steals, while Shaedon Sharpe chipped in 19 points.
SF/PF Justise Winslow (ankle) is out indefinitely and is not going to feature on Wednesday against the Jazz.
- 9-4 ATS in the last 13 home games
- 5-2 ATS in the last seven home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers Pick
Both Utah and Portland are playoff (play-in) candidates, so these H2Hs could play a vital role at the end of the regular season. There is not much difference between these rivals, and even though the Jazz are better on team offense (117.6 points per game), the Blazers have a stronger defense, while the hosts also have three individuals who are averaging 20+ points per contest (Lillard, Simons, and Grant). Jerami Grant had a horrible shooting night (1-9 FG) against the Spurs and scored just three points after scoring double digits in every game since December 16. I am backing Grant to bounce back here and contribute to Portland’s victory.
Pick: Take the Blazers at -2.5 (-130)
We will likely be going to have a high-scoring affair on Wednesday. Both teams are among the top seven when it comes to offensive rating, while they are not even in the top 20 in defensive rating. The Jazz have the 22nd defense in the NBA that allows 116.3 points per game, and I am backing the Blazers to score 120+ here. Over is 5-0 in the Jazz’s last five road games, while Over is 7-3 in the Trail Blazers’ previous ten games following an ATS win.
Pick: Go Over 235.5 points (-120)