If you look at the current standings in the NBA, you will see that there are some pretty crazy streaks going on at the moment. Two of the biggest can be found in the Western Conference, where the Minnesota Timberwolves are currently on an 11-game skid and heading in the wrong direction really quickly. At the top of the standings, you have the Denver Nuggets on a run that has seen them win 7 in a row, a run that has moved them into #2 in the West, while also helping them maintain the lead in the Northwest Division. Fortunes can change rather rapidly in the NBA, and with the playoff races in both conferences very tight, a good run of form can quickly see a team move up the standings. The Utah Jazz and the Portland Trail Blazers are both sitting above the playoff line after a decent run of for. Both teams, though, are coming into this one on the heels of a loss, so they will both be looking to get back to winning ways in hopes of getting another streak started. The Jazz are in as a 5 ½ point home favorite, with the point total set at 220.
When: Thursday, December 26 at 10:30 PM EST
Where: Vivint Smart Homes Arena, Salt Lake City
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Why bet on the Portland Trail Blazers
After a very good season last year, we all thought that the Portland Trail Blazers might be one of the teams to watch in the Western Conference this season. The Trail Blazers made it all the way to the Western Conference Final last year, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors. It was too ridiculous to assume that they might make a run at the top this season, but as it stands right now, the Trail Blazers are down in the #8 seed with a disappointing 14-17 record. The good news is that they have been showing some signs of life of late, winning 4 in a row before dropping their last game against the New Orleans Pelicans. In their last 6 meetings with Utah, the Trail Blazers are 4-2 SU and ATS.
Why bet on the Utah Jazz
The Jazz are in pretty decent shape coming into this one, winning 5 in a row before dropping their last game on the road to the Miami Heat. Given how good Miami has been in their own building this season, there is absolutely no shame in that loss. Overall, the Jazz are 18-12 on the season, which had them down in the #6 spot in the Western Conference. Where this team has been really good is when they play at home, going 11-3 SU in their 14 games played on their own building. They have also been a very good bet as a favorite, going 16-3 SU in those games. The Jazz have also dominated teams with a losing record, going 13-3 SU in those outings.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
When you see how good the Jazz have been on home court this season, they look very tough to bet against, especially when going against a team with a sub-.500 record. I am on the Jazz to win and cover on Thursday night.
Portland Trail Blazers 108 Utah Jazz 118