Portland Trail Blazers
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 9:05pm EDT
Vivint Smart Home Arena , Salt Lake City
The Portland Trail Blazers are peaking at the right time. They have won 4 straight and are close to locking up a top 6 seed in the Western Conference. They'll look to move closer to that goal on Wednesday when they face the Utah Jazz. The Blazers are 40-29 and 6th in the conference while the Jazz are 50-19 and first in the Western Conference. The Jazz have beaten the Blazers twice already this season. Can the Blazers break through?
Blazers are on fireThe Portland Trail Blazers have taken control of their own destiny, winning 8 of their last 9 games including their last 4. They have improved to 40-29 and are 6th in the Western Conference, just a half a game behind Dallas. More importantly, they are 1.5 games ahead of the Lakers. Staying in the top 6 is critical as it means you don't have to play in the play-in tournament.
Dame's range has no boundaries 😳— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 11, 2021
The Blazers just dropped 50 in the first quarter against the Rockets. pic.twitter.com/DO59g9KXKc
The Blazers are coming off a 140-129 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday. The Blazers shot 51% and dropped 18 three pointers. Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 34 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. CJ McCollum and Norman Powell each had 28 points while Jusuf Nurkic chipped in with 22 points. Both McCollum and Lillard had 6 three pointers. Carmelo Anthony is questionable for Wednesdayʻs game.
Clarkson scores 41 in lossThe Utah Jazz have been dealing with injuries, but it hasnʻt really slowed them down. They had won 5 straight heading into Monday's game at Golden State. While they lost to the Warriors 119-116, it looks like they are going to finish with the top seed in the Western Conference. They come into this game Wednesday with the Blazers with a record of 50-19, which puts them 1.5 games ahead of the Suns.
The Jazz have been playing without Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell, but their two all stars should be ready to go for the playoffs. But the Jazz have great depth and play great defense, which keeps them very competitive. In the loss to the Warriors Monday, Jordan Clarkson stepped up with 41 points while Bojan Bogdanovich added 27 points. Rudy Gobert chipped in with a double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Stats & Trends
- Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
- Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
The Blazers have played great down the stretch to seal a top 6 seed in the Western Conference but they are not out of the woods yet. They hold a 1.5 game over the Lakers so they can't afford to take their foot off the gas until the finish line. They face a Jazz team that has pretty much sealed up the top seed, although anything can happen in the final few games. The Jazz still have Mitchell and Conley on the shelf, so they will not be at full strength. The Blazers, on the other hand, are very healthy with only Carmelo Anthony listed as questionable. The way the Blazers are playing, and with the urgency of their situation, I like them to take care of business against a short handed Jazz team. Take the Blazers to cover.